Child protection


Children and young people deserve to be protected from abuse and neglect, and have the best possible start in life. Once a child has been reported at ‘risk of significant harm’, child protection practitioners are charged with supporting families to create change and provide safer homes for their children. The number of ‘risk of significant’ harm reports has been increasing in recent years. Decreasing the proportion of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm by 20% by 2023 is a Premier’s Priority, led by the Department of Communities and Justice.

This audit may focus on the access, timeliness and quality of the department’s child protection responses, including resourcing and demand modelling, triaging and allocation, capacity and capability of staff, and completeness and accuracy of relevant data.