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Indigenous young people leaving out of home care in Victoria: A literature review

Indigenous Law Bulletin
Volume 8 Issue 7 (Jul/Aug 2013)

Abstract: Indigenous children and young people are overrepresented at all stages of the child protection system. While this trend is paralleled in many developed countries with Indigenous populations, including New Zealand, Canada and the US, the disproportionality among Indigenous Australians is considerably higher. Furthermore, the rate of Indigenous children on care and protection orders has been steadily increasing over the past five years. At 30 June 2012, Indigenous children and young people comprised one third of the 39 621 children and young people in care nationwide. Overall, the national rate of Indigenous young people in out of home care is 10 times that of non-Indigenous young people. These figures are likely to be an underestimate of the actual number of Indigenous young people in state care, given that some Australian jurisdictions report high proportions of clients whose Indigenous status is unknown. While there are national guidelines pertaining to the collection of Indigenous status information, data information systems and forms in some jurisdictions do not always require users to specify this information.

To cite this article: Baidawi, Susan; Mendes, Philip and Saunders, Bernadette. Indigenous young people leaving out of home care in Victoria: A literature review [online]. Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 7, Jul/Aug 2013: 24-27. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=615635926385804;res=IELIND> ISSN: 1328-5475. [cited 29 Sep 16].

Personal Author: Baidawi, Susan; Mendes, Philip; Saunders, Bernadette; Source: Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 7, Jul/Aug 2013: 24-27 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1328-5475 Subject: Indigenous children; Child care services; Children--Legal status, laws, etc.; Child welfare--Planning; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University
(2) Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University
(3) Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University

Database: Indigenous Collection