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MEDIA INFORMATION: 31 MARCH 2022 CHILD AND FAMILY PERFORMANCE STATISTICS

media handout for March 2022 data is available for download.

COVID-19 IMPACT

  • The data for the 12 months to 31 March 2022 data includes impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic (April to June 2020).
  • Demand for family support and child protection services increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

FAMILY SERVICES

  • Queensland’s family support services continue to provide families with the necessary supports and referrals to keep children safe at home.
  • Family and Child Connect received 30,531 enquiries in the year ending 31 March 2022, supporting vulnerable families by assessing their needs and referring them to the most appropriate support services.
  • Intensive Family Support services provided 4,734 families with support to address multiple and complex needs and assist families to build their capacity to care for and protect their children in the year ending 31 March 2022.
  • 87.7 per cent of children who had all or majority of their case plan goals achieved with an Intensive Family Support Service during the year ending 30 June 2021 did not have a subsequent investigation by Child Safety within six months post their case closure (up to 31 March 2022).
  • 4,237 families received support from a Family Wellbeing Service in the year ending 31 March 2022, improving the wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people. This is an increase of 263 families (6.6 per cent) compared to the same period last year (year ending 31 March 2021).
  • 88.7 per cent of children who had all or majority of their needs met by a Family Wellbeing Service during the year ending 30 June 2021, did not have a subsequent investigation by Child Safety within six months of their case closure (up to 31 March 2022).

CHILD PROTECTION

  • The latest data for the year ending 31 March 2022 shows higher growth in notifications requiring an investigation after two quarters of slowing growth.
  • 31,244 notifications required investigation in the year ending 31 March 2022, an 11.3 per cent increase compared to the same period last year (28,082).
  • We continue to prioritise our most urgent cases. For investigations with a 24-hour priority – 94 per cent were commenced on time – slightly lower than this time last year.
  • The number of children in care increased to 11,299 as at 31 March 2022.  This is a 3.4 per cent increase (370 children) compared to the same period last year. This latest data shows growth is continuing to slow, compared to a 4.0 per cent increase for the year ending December 2021 and 4.4 per cent increase for the year ending September 2021.
  • 46.8 per cent of children in care were placed with kin – up 1.6 percentage points when compared to the same period last year.
  • When a family is unable to care for their children safely at home, Queenslanders are continuing to step up to become foster and kinship carers. Over the last year 1,546 families stepped up to be carers for the first time. In total there were 5,971 carer families as at 31 March 2022, up from 5,785 a year ago.
  • We are always looking for more foster carers. Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer should call the Foster Care Recruitment Line on 1300 550 877, visit www.fcq.com.au or www.qld.gov.au/community/caring-child/foster-kinship-care/ or contact one of Queensland's many foster care support agencies direct.
  • Caseloads for child safety officers are 16.3 cases per full-time equivalent child safety officer.