8 December, 2016
During 2015-16, the Senior Advocate of the Office attended 152 annual reviews to sample how children in care are faring overall, to learn how effectively the reviews are being done, and, in some cases, to advocate for children.
Although the sample is not random and comprised only 6% of the children and young people in care, the information the Senior Advocate collected this year gives a general indication of the situation of children and young people in long-term care as a whole.
- 72% of children and young people whose cases were reviewed were in stable, long-term placements
- 88% had at least one significant adult in their lives
- 88% were confidently considered safe and reported to feel safe.
- 80% were receiving standard health services and, where necessary, specific health and disability services to meet their needs
- 24% did not have regular contact with the same worker
- 15% of those who were allocated a social worker received less than the recommended monthly face-to-face contact
- 43% of children had a Life Story Book
- 78% of the 123 children and young people who were of school age and attending a state pre-school, primary or secondary school had a current Individual, or Negotiated Education Plan
- 43% of the 90 children and young people who had the capacity to understand had been provided with the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care
- 61% of Aboriginal children were placed with their extended family or with Aboriginal carers
- 38% of Aboriginal children had a culturally appropriate Life Story Book
A summary of the 2015-15 Audits of Annual Reviews is available.for download.
The full report of the 2015-15 Audits of Annual Reviews is available.for download,.