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Surge in kids turning to child protection services

One in 33 children received child protection services in 2015–16 to shield them from abuse, new statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have shown.

During this time, 162,000 children accessed child protection services. This represented a 20 per cent increase from 2013–14. The AIHW listed kids who’ve been the subject of a child abuse investigation and/or in out-of-home care as accessing child protection services.

The AIHW statistics show that three-quarters of those in child protection were repeat clients. These figures also showed that Indigenous children were seven times more likely as non-Indigenous children to have received child protective services.

The AIHW also showed that children from very remote areas were also four times more likely to have been subjected to child abuse than those from major cities.

Of all child abuse cases, 60 per cent were only subjected to an investigation by the authorities, but 24 per cent of these children were placed in out-of-home care, the AIHW showed. Nine per cent were involved in all three aspects of the system.

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