The Sentencing Advisory Council today released a report on children known to Victoria’s child protection service appearing in the Children’s Court.
The report examines the level of involvement in the child protection system of 5,063 children sentenced or diverted in the Children’s Court in the calendar years 2016 and 2017.
The report finds that children with some degree of involvement in the child protection system are over-represented among those appearing in the Children’s Court. For example, of the 5,063 sentenced and diverted children, 38% were the subject of at least one child protection report (1,938 children), 25% were the subject of at least one substantiated report (1,286 children), 18% were the subject of at least one child protection order (892 children) and 15% experienced out-of-home care (767 children).
The highest rate of child protection involvement was found among children sentenced to custodial orders and children aged 10–13 at first sentence.
The report also finds that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were particularly over-represented among sentenced or diverted children known to child protection.
You can download the full report and a two-page fact-sheet from our website.