The NSW Department of Family and Community Services publishes reports of usage trends in our early intervention, child protection (including Child Protection Helpline) and out-of-home care services. A limited suite of performance indicators are supplied quarterly with a more extensive suite of performance information published annually.
Following, the proclamation of the new child protection legislation on 24 January 2010, and as part of the implementation of Keep Them Safe: A shared approach to child wellbeing, a new series of quarterly reports were made available to mandatory reporting agencies, about the contacts made by Child Wellbeing Units, each agency and its staff. The first quarterly report to partner agencies covered the period 24 January 2010 to 31 March 2010.
The annual and quarterly data for 2010/11 reflect the first full financial year under the new risk of significant harm threshold and the Structured Decision Making tools implemented on 24 January 2010 as part of the Keep Them Safe Reforms. In order to see the full impact of these reforms, 2010/11 data should be compared back to 2008/09 (as 2009/10 contains both pre and post proclamation data). Interpretation of trend data should take into account the new legislation, new tools and the associated KiDS modifications which have been in place since January 2010.
The data supports the parts of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 proclaimed on 18 December 2000.