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Contents >> Key Information and Directory System (KiDS), New South Wales

KEY INFORMATION AND DIRECTORY SYSTEM (KiDS), NEW SOUTH WALES


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New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
ACT
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Regional
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ASGC Remoteness
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More than annual
Annual
2-4 yearly
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Detailed publication / report publicly available
Data cubes / spreadsheets publicly available
Agency annual report
Customised data - free upon request1
Customised data - charged consultancy1
Not published - may be available on request1
Not publicly available
[1] May be subject to release conditions

DETAILED METADATA

Contact

Data custodian: New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)

Contact: Michelle Jeuken, Executive Director Corporate Information, FACS

Address: Level 2, 55 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Telephone: 02 9248 0912

Facsimile: n/a

Email: Michelle.Jeuken@dhs.nsw.gov.au

Internet: http://www.humanservices.nsw.gov.au

Publications

http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/docswr/_assets/main/documents/docs_data/annual_statistics_report09-10.pdf

Purpose

Key Information and Directory System (KiDS) is Community Services New South Wales computer system for recording client information. KiDS supports Community Services staff in their day-to-day work, facilitates information needs and records client relationships.

Description

KiDS is primarily a system to support Child Protection Services in New South Wales. Therefore, its focus is children who may be experiencing child protection issues rather than victims of domestic violence.

Collection Type

Administrative by-product

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Victim1
Secondary
victim1
Offender
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment
Education
Income
Geography
Other
Personal data items
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other
2






Number of children referred
Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness

FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear
Prior history of victimisation / offending

Number of referrals per child per year
Known outcomes
application for violence order
violence order issued
offender charged
offender went to court
offender found guilty
offender sentence type
child protection involvement
time off work / economic costs
medical treatment received / type
changed routine
other










Other personal data items

Source of non-mandatory report (police, health, school, non-government organisation);
Source of non-mandatory report (family, friend, neighbour);
Primary reported issue3 (domestic violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, drug/alcohol use by carer, suicide risk for child, carer: mental health, carer: other issues, drug/alcohol use by child, inappropriate sexual behaviour by child, runaway child);
Most prevalent reported issue (up to 4 issues above can be listed per child);
Assessed issue by actual harm and risk of harm (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect)
1 As this database is child focussed, the emphasis is always on the child as the primary victim. Therefore, the child will always be identified as the subject (primary victim), even though they may or may not be the primary victim of the domestic violence.
2 Recorded as narrative in text field only and data are likely to be difficult to report and of poor quality.
3 These ‘issues in the family’ categories are not mutually exclusive. They reflect where police have noted these issues are present in the household, and do not necessarily indicate that the child is a direct victim of these issues/offences.

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other
1
Relationship between parties
married/de facto spouse
current / former partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
parent-child
sibling
other member of household
other relatives
relationships of personal or financial dependency
2







Weapon use
type of weapon
Alcohol involved
Substance use involved

Physical injury sustained
type of injury
Reported to police
reasons for not reporting
Other
1 Recorded as narrative in text field only and data are likely to be difficult to report and of poor quality.
2 Community Services records relationships to the child where Domestic Violence is an issue. For example, a perpetrator may be identified as a “person causing harm” to a child if that child is exposed to FDV (even though that child may not be the primary victim). However, the relationship between the perpetrator and the primary victim of domestic violence will not be directly recorded in KiDS.


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

Family and Domestic Violence is defined according to the “New South Wales Interagency Guidelines for Child Protection Intervention” as follows:

Domestic violence is violence, abuse and intimidatory behaviour perpetrated by one person against another in a personal, intimate relationship. It is partnership violence that includes violence perpetrated when couples are separated or divorced.

Acts of domestic violence are mainly but not only perpetrated by men against women within heterosexual relationships but can also occur within same sex relationships. Domestic violence occurs between two people where one has power over the other causing fear, physical and/or psychological harm.

Children and young people may experience harm, by being in the presence of or by being exposed to violence in the parental relationship, by becoming the victims of violence or a combination of the two.

Domestic violence is recorded on the KiDS system where it is experienced in a household relating to issues of Child protection. The type of abuse relates to the child, not the primary victim of the domestic violence. All aspects of FDV may be captured by this database, however, while the primary victim of domestic violence may be experiencing physical abuse, the type of abuse recorded in KiDS will often be Psychological/ Emotion abuse as this is the impact on the child of witnessing the violence between adults in the household.


Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)

Conceptual Framework Element / Sub-element
Amount of Information Available
None
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental Factors
Individual pyscho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Understandings and acknowledgments of risk and safety
Incident
Responses
Informal responses
Formal system responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation

Collection methodology

New South Wales has a single state-wide centralised reporting system, the Child Protection Helpline, for receiving reports about children and young people who may be at risk of significant harm, and requests for assistance. Information is primarily received by phone, fax and electronic reporting (eReporting).

KiDS is used on a daily basis by caseworkers to record data and to provide a single repository of information that is accessible state-wide. Key decision points of the child protection process are captured on KiDS, as well as detailed information about children and young people placed in out-of-home care. This database also has the ability to capture information about significant people in the lives of the children and young people; e.g. parents, carers, relatives, professionals and other significant people in the child’s life.

Scope / target population

This database captures information about children and young people who are reported to Community Services because there is concern about their on-going welfare and safety.

Coverage

n/a

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

New South Wales - full address of child recorded

Data available for:
New South Wales
Community Services Regions

Frequency / Timing

Updated continually
Annual publication

Collection history

Collection commenced: October 2003

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Limited aggregated information is published in the Annual Report.
Additional data may be provided free on request. See guidelines attached:
http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/docswr/_assets/main/lib100044/statistical_services_guidelines.pdf

Other data sources held by this agency

DV Line, New South Wales


Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.

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