Child Guardianship Template by uqs23775

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									Instructions
This section contains instructions for completing the template.

Sheets
Contents                                     Contains a list of all sheets within the workbook, along with links to them.
Abbreviations & Symbols                      Contains instructions on the use of not applicable (. .), not available (n.a.) and legitimate zeros (0).
Errors                                       Lists any errors detected by the data validation rules.
Definitional Material (per collection)       Contains the definitions for that collection, along with information about the scope of the collection and details about
                                             changes to the counting rules.
Notes (per collection)                       Contains space for comments and notes that relate to individual tables within the collection.
Numbered tabs                                Identifies the Table number within the collection (example CPO 1 contains the Care and Protection Order collection
                                             Table 1)
Dates                                        Contains constants used within this workbook. For use by AIHW only, and can not be edited.

Data Entry
Data should be entered into the white cells only. All other cells are locked and can not be edited.
Please only enter disaggregated data into the white cells as the orange cells contain automatic formulas to generate totals and sub-totals.
Definitions for the collection are contained within the "Definitional Material" sheet at the start of the collection. There are links underneath the table which will
direct you to the relevant definitions for that table.
Counting rules for each table are also listed below that table
The data in some tables should equal data in other tables, eg. the total number of children commencing service provision in IFSS 5 should be equal to the total
number from IFSS 6. If these numbers are not equal the cell will be highlighted yellow and an error message will appear on the right of the table. Before
returning the finished template can you please check that there are no error messages or highlighted cells. The "Errors" sheet will display a summary of most
errors within the entered data.
These error messages will generate if you have only entered data for one of a pair of tables. You do not need to worry about this until you have completed all
linked tables.
Error messages and highlighted cells will not affect your ability to enter and/or edit data.
If the data in a table is right, but there is still an error message, then you should check the data in the tables that the current table is linked to. The error message
will list the table that contains the wrong value.
                                                                          Example table
This is an example table showing the different parts of a table and how they relate. Comments in some cells contain additional info.

Type of order issued                              Indigenous       Other children               Total orders issued
Guardianship or custody orders               Please enter your data into the white        Orange cells contain
Third party parental responsibility                       cells. Eg:                  automatically generated totals
Supervisory and other finalised orders                      15                190                                205
Interim and temporary orders                                39                472                                511
Administrative arrangements                                  9                314                                323
                                                                                                                       Total orders issued should equal the total orders from
Total orders issued                                         63                976                              1,039
                                                                                                                       table example 2
Validation rules:
These cells list the tables which share common values with this one. Each cell lists the tables for only one value.
These are the rules used to generate the error messages.
Population:
This lists the total population for the table. Eg, all orders issued, all Indigenous children on protection orders.
Used in:
This lists the publications in which this data will be published, and where it will be used in that publication.
Counting rules for Table 12
This section contains the counting rules for the table, along with links to the relevant definitions for the table.

Contacts
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Kate Valentine                               (02) 62441132                           kate.valentine@aihw.gov.au
Tim Beard                                    (02) 6244 1270                          tim.beard@aihw.gov.au
Abbreviations and Symbols
Please note the following instructions on when to use the symbols to indicate not available, not applicable or a legitimate zero

Not available (n.a.)
The data requested is applicable, but is not available for reporting.
For example - State/Territory has family group homes in place, but is unable to generate data for this counting period.


Zero (0)
The data requested is applicable, but a legitimate zero has been reported as there are no recorded instances in the current reporting period.
For example - State/Territory has family group homes in place but zero children resided in this type of accommodation this counting period.
This is a legitimate zero.


Not applicable (. . )
Two spaced full stops (. . ) which indicate the data requested is not applicable (ie. that category/data item does not apply).
For example - State/Territory does not have family group homes, and therefore does not have data for this type of accommodation.
This is not applicable rather than a legitimate zero.
IFSS Definitional Material
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Introduction
The aim of this collection is to obtain national data on intensive family support services that are funded by state and territory departments responsible for child
protection. This document sets out the definitions, data items, classifications and counting rules for the compilation of national statistics on these services. These data
are required for both the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s data collection and descriptive and performance indicators for the Report on Government
Services for which the Productivity Commission is responsible. The standards reflect the requirements of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and state and
territory departments responsible for child protection for 2008–09.
The tables outlined in this document should be compiled by each state and territory and forwarded to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. If you cannot
adhere to the definitions and counting rules in this document, please provide clear footnotes outlining the table that is affected, the definitions you are using and any
other comments that may assist in the interpretation of the data.

Scope and coverage
Intensive family support services are defined as those services which aim to prevent imminent separation of children from their primary caregivers because of child
protection concerns, and those services which aim to reunify families where separation has already occurred.
To be included in the intensive family support services data collection, services must meet all the following criteria:
·        they are provided explicitly to work to prevent separation or to reunify families
·        a range of services is provided as part of an integrated strategy focussing on improving family functioning and skills, rather than just one type of service such
as emergency or respite care
·        they are intensive in nature, averaging at least 4 hours of service provision per week for a specified short-term period (usually less than 6 months)
generally referrals will come from the statutory agency and will have been identified through the child protection process. Most cases will have been the subject of a
child protection substantiation.

Definitions, data items and classifications
Age
Age is the age of a person in completed years. Age is calculated at the commencement of the service.

Agency
The body funded by state and territory community service departments to provide the service.
Indigenous
A person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community with which
he or she lives.

Living situation
The following categories to be used to classify living situation of the child/ren in the family at the time of case commencement:
(a)         Family Care—including:
(i)          child/ren living with parent(s)
(ii)         child/ren living with other relatives/kin who are not reimbursed by the state for their care.
(b)         Out-of-home care—out-of-home overnight care where the state makes a financial payment or where a financial payment has been offered but has been
declined by the carer. This includes placements with relatives or kin (other than parents) who are reimbursed (or who have been offered but declined reimbursement)
by the state/territory for the care of the child, foster care and residential care.
(c)          Child/ren in formal shared care—where a case plan exists for children to live in family care and to have regular planned periods in out-of-home care.
(d)         Other—includes living situations that do not fit into the above categories and unknown living arrangements.

Location
The location refers to the site at which the intensive family support service workers are based. If an agency has more than one location, each location must be counted.
For example, if Barnados in New South Wales was funded to provide services in Sydney and Newcastle, this would be counted as two locations.

Geographic area
(a)         Capital city—refers to state or territory capital city.
(b)         Other urban—refers to cities and towns other than the capital city.
(c)          Rural or remote—refers to those areas outside the cities and towns.

Type of service
(a)     Prevention services —those services specifically aimed at assisting families in order to prevent imminent separation of children from their primary caregivers for
child protection reasons.
(b)     Reunification services —services that seek to reunify families where separation of children from their primary caregivers has already occurred for child
protection reasons.
(c)     Combination —include both prevention and reunification services.
Intensive Family Support Services 1 (IFSS1)
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Table 1: Name of each funded intensive family support program or sub-program and the number of services under each program or sub-program, 2008–09
Name of program/sub-program                                             Type of funded services               Number of services
                                                                        Family Intervention Service




Total number of services
(Insert rows if needed)
Population:
Total number of services within all funded intensive family support programs in 2008–09.
Used in:
Child protection, Australia publication.
Counting rules for Table 1
1. Information on type of service to be provided where available.
      Refer to IFSS Definitional Material for definition of ‘Type of service’.
Abbreviations & Symbols
n.a. Not available
..    Not applicable
0    Legitimate




Confidential                                                                                          IFSS1
Intensive Family Support Services 4 (IFSS4)
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Table 4: Total number of children who were provided with a service at any point during the year, 2008–09
Number of children                 0


Population:
This table counts all children aged 0-17 years who were provided with an intensive family support service in 2008-09.
Age of child is calculated at commencement of service.
Used in:
RoGS publication Table 15A.29
Counting rules for Table 4

1. This table counts all children who were provided with an intensive family support service at any time between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009, irrespective of the
commencement date or length of time they had been receiving the service.
2. The child is the person who was the subject of child protection concerns for which the family is referred to the service. Each child who was the subject of child protection
concerns should be counted.
Abbreviations & Symbols
n.a. Not available
..   Not applicable
0    Legitimate Zero




Confidential                                                                        IFSS4
Intensive Family Support Services 5 (IFSS5)
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Table 5: Children commencing service provision, by living situation of the child, 2008–09
Living situation                              Total number of children commencing
Family care
- Child/ren living with parent(s)                                              0
- Child/ren living with other relatives/kin
who are not reimbursed                                                         0
Child/ren in out of home care                                                  0
Child/ren in shared care                                                       0
Other                                                                          0
Not available                                                                  0
Total                                                                          0


Validation check:
The total for this table should be the same as for IFSS 6.
Population:
All children aged 0-17 years of age who commenced a service provision in 2008–09.
Age of child is calculated at commencement of service
Used in:
RoGS publication Table 15A.5 and Child protection, Australia publication Table 2.1
Counting rules for Table 5

1. Table includes all children commencing contact with the service between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 (not when the referral was made). Commencing means when
the child first meets with the service provider.
2. The child is the person who is the subject of child protection concerns for which the family is referred to the service. Each child who is the subject of child protection
concerns should be counted.
3. Living situation is counted at the time the child commences the service.
     Refer to IFSS Definitional Material for the classification of ‘Living situation’.
Abbreviations & Symbols
n.a. Not available
. . Not applicable
0 Legitimate Zero




Confidential                                                                            IFSS5
Intensive Family Support Services 6 (IFSS6)
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Table 6: Number of children commencing service provision, by Indigenous status, age and sex, 2008–09
                                          Indigenous                                     Other children                                       Total
Age (years)                      M           F           U           P            M           F           U          P            M           F             U   P
0–4                                                                  0                                               0             0           0            0   0
5–9                                                                  0                                               0             0           0            0   0
10–14                                                                0                                               0             0           0            0   0
15–17                                                                0                                               0             0           0            0   0
Unknown                                                              0                                               0             0           0            0   0
Total children                    0          0           0           0            0           0           0          0             0           0            0   0


Validation checks:
The total for this table should be the same as for IFSS 5.
Population:
All children aged 0-17 years who commenced a service provision in 2008–09.
Age of child is calculated at commencement of service.
Used in:
Partial data used in RoGS publication Tables 15A.27, 15A.28 and Child protection, Australia publication Table 5.1.
Counting rules for Table 6
1. Table includes all children commencing contact with the service between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 (not when the referral was made).
Commencing refers to when the child first meets with the service provider.
2. The child is the person who is the subject of child protection concerns for which the family is referred to the service. Each child who is the subject
of child protection concerns should be counted.
3. Refer to IFSS Definitional Material for definition of ‘Age’.
4. Refer to IFSS Definitional Material for definition of ‘Indigenous’.
Abbreviations & Symbols
n.a. Not available
..   Not applicable
0    Legitimate Zero




Confidential                                                                                                  IFSS6

								
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