Indigenous children continue to be disproportionately represented in Australian out-of-home care statistics, despite overall rates Callum Godde from AAP.
A 118-page annual report, released on Tuesday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, shows one in four of the roughly 46,000 children in out-of-home care in mid-2020 were Indigenous.
At the time there were about 18,900 Indigenous children in out-of-home care, which includes living with a relative or foster carer.
That represents one in 18 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia, and is 11 times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous kids.
Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of that group were living with family or other Indigenous caregivers, with the rest in other arrangements including foster care.
AIHW spokesman Dinesh Indraharan said:
In positive news, over 80 per cent of Indigenous children who exited out-of-home care into more stable and permanent arrangements, did not return to care within 12 months.
The number of Indigenous children receiving child protection services in 2019/20 was 55,300 – a rate of 166 per 1000 Indigenous children, up from 151 per 1000 in 2016/17.
Some 14,300 Indigenous children had reports of abuse substantiated, with emotional abuse (47 per cent) and neglect (32 per cent) the two most common forms of mistreatment.
Children from very remote areas were three times as likely as those from major cities to be the subject of a substantiation…
That is, when a notification has been investigated and there was reasonable cause to believe the child had been, was being, or was likely to be, abused, neglected or otherwise harmed.
Victoria had the highest reported rate of Indigenous kids in out-of-home care of all states or territories, followed by Western Australia and the ACT.
If you are keen to read more about those comments from Virgin CEO Jayne Hrdlicka you can read this news story from the fantastic Micheal McGowan, who was up last night reporting while we were all in bed.
Good morning everyone, it’s a lovely (freezing) Tuesday and it’s shaping up to be an interesting day already.
It’s Matilda Boseley here with you for the morning and why don’t we jump right in.
Calls from the business sector to re-open international borders have intensified, as people come to terms with the government’s vague “mid-2022” timeline laid out in the budget.
Virgin Airlines CEO Jayne Hrdlicka has come under fire this morning for commenting that Australia’s borders should reopen sooner than the middle of next year even though “some people may die”.
(That’s really saying the quiet bit of capitalism out loud isn’t it!)
She told a university business lunch yesterday:
Covid will be part of the community, we will become sick with Covid and it won’t put us in hospital, and it won’t put people into dire straits because we’ll have a vaccine…
It will make us sick but won’t put us into hospital … some people may die, but it will be way smaller than with the flu.
The crux of her comments where that Australia risked being left behind if it did not reopen borders once a sufficient portion of the population had been vaccinated.
This is a sentiment that’s been echoed by Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox yesterday when he spoke to Sky News:
The concern from business and parts of the broader community here is that the longer we remain closed off walled off from the world, the deeper the economic impacts will be. We will quite simply be forgotten about.
I think there’s a whole range of medical advisors, Nick Coatsworth among them, and many others who are coming to the same conclusion – that Covid is not going away. The vaccinations will help but they won’t be a silver bullet. At some point we do need to re-engage in the longer we take the real risk is that we will get left behind.
This all comes as the prime minister steadfastly refused to commit to a vaccination level target at which international borders will open.
Well, I’m sure that will be the first question off the block for any unfortunate federal government minister that steps up today.
With that, why don’t we get started!
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