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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.
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.
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 family and domestic violence 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/emotional abuse as this is the impact on the child of witnessing the violence between adults in the household.
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
The summary table below is designed to indicate the amount of information available for each of the six elements outlined in Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0). This is a subjective assessment made by the ABS about the data collected and is not an indication of data quality.
The following tables provide a detailed analysis of the availability of specified data elements in the data source. The data items have been grouped into four counting units:
3. Incident/Event; and
Tables are absent from the entry in cases where the data source contains no data items which relate to the particular counting unit/s.
Please note: This data source does not contain any data items relevant to this counting unit.
 Database defines the carer as the secondary victim.
 Recorded for the primary victim (child) and the secondary victim (carer)
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, as well as 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.
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
Limited aggregated information is published in the Annual Report.
Additional data may be provided free on request. See guidelines.
New South Wales Family and Community Services Annual Report 2011-12
Collection commenced: October 2003
Break in series: no
Other details: n/a
OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
DV Line, New South Wales
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