Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4080..
Child abuse and neglect
(Question No 922)
Mr Cornwellasked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family services, upon notice, on 23 September 2003:
In relation to child abuse and neglect:
How many reports of abuse and neglect were reported in the following years:
For (a), (b), (c) above:
How many of these reports were for physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect;
How many of these reports were investigated;
How many of these reports have resulted in prosecution or in consideration of prosecution for child abuse;
How many children have been removed from the care of the alleged abuser as a result of abuse or neglect;
What percentage of reports of abuse and neglect came from:
other health professionals;
other education workers;
social and community workers;
other members of the community.
Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Cornwell's question is as follows:
(a) 2126 notifications received.
801 notifications received.
794 notifications received.
(a) Of the total number of reports received, the number for physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect for 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 are:
The 2002-2003 figure is significantly higher than previous years, due to a new policy for handling reports. Previously some reports were handled as 'consultations', however, as of 27 January 2003, all reports received relating to the wellbeing of children/young people are handled as reports of concern.
2002-2003 1249 investigations. This figure has also been affected by the policy change for handling reports discussed in (2) (a).