Legal Permanency - Long-term child protection orders

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Number of children subject to long-term child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2016 to 2020

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 611 1735
2008 760 1973
2009 976 2272
2010 1233 2550
2011 1488 2815

Rate of children subject to long-term child protection orders, per 1,000 children aged 0-17 years, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, as at 30 June, 2016 to 2020

YearIndigenousNon-Indigenous
2007 9.1 1.8
2008 11.2 2.1
2009 14.3 2.3
2010 17.7 2.5
2011 21.2 2.8

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DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
LT.1: Children subject to long-term child protection orders, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.2: Children subject to long-term child protection orders, by age group and sex, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.3: Children subject to a child protection order granting long term guardianship to a relative or other suitable person, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.4: Children subject to a child protection order granting long term guardianship to a relative or other suitable person, by age group and sex, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.5: Children subject to long-term child protection orders, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
LT.6: Children subject to a child protection order granting long term guardianship to a relative or other suitable person, by age group and region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)

Table notes

What are long-term child protection orders?

Children who cannot be safely returned to their parents require stable, long-term care. To achieve this, the department can make a recommendation to the Director of Child Protection Litigation to apply for a child protection order granting long-term guardianship of the child to someone.

Long-term child protection orders include:

  • long-term guardianship or permanent care order to a relative or another suitable person
  • long-term guardianship to the chief executive (Director-General) in an approved placement.

These orders continue until the child turns 18 years.  A person who has a guardianship order has the authority for decisions about a child’s daily care and for decisions about their long-term welfare and development.

Examples of guardianship type decisions are medical procedures (such as whether to have surgery) and decisions about the child's education (such as enrolling in a new school) or participating in a work experience program.

Why this topic is important

Child protection orders granting guardianship and custody on a long term basis are an essential part of the child protection system as they enable the department to pursue long-term, stable living arrangements for children who cannot be safely reunified with their families with relational, physical and legal permanency the primary focus for children.

Of the 11,164 children subject to child protection orders as at 30 June 2020, 6,802 were subject to long-term orders. For 1,657 (or 24.4 per cent) of these children, the guardian was a relative or other suitable person.

The number of children subject to a long-term child protection order increased over the past year, from 6,403 as at 30 June 2019 to 6,802 as at 30 June 2020 (an increase of 6.2 per cent).

Over the same period the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to long-term child protection orders increased by 7.1 per cent and 5.5 per cent respectively.

Over the last five years, between 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2020 the number of children subject to a long-term child protection order increased by 15.0 per cent (from 5,917 to 6,802).