- There are about 3000 children and young people under care and protection orders in South Australia.
- About 10% are placed in residential care while most of the rest live with foster carers or relatives.
- In a given week, around 150 children and young people are in ’emergency’ accommodation.(1)
- About 30% of children and young people in state care are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
- Nearly 30% of children in care who were enrolled in state schools in SA were defined as having a disability, more than three times the general school population.
- Young people who were the subject of a care and protection order are more than 20 times as likely to be under youth justice supervision as their age peers.[AIHW]
- 63% of homeless young people in a recent survey had been in out-of-home care at some time.
- Of children leaving care, 29% had lived in five or more different placements while 34% had only lived in one placement. [2013-14 figures]
- South Australia spends about $80,830 per child in out of home care each year, significantly more than than any jurisdiction other than the Northern Territory.
- South Australia spends about $54,000 per child each year on intensive family support services, about 80% of the Australian average.
(1) Emergency accommodation mostly means temporary rented premises looked after by rostered staff from commercial agencies.
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