Safety Snapshots

Children and young people receiving child protection services

In 2017-18, the rate of child protection substantiations for children and young people (birth – 17 years) was 4 per 1,000 population in South Australia, an increase from 3.9 in 2016-17.

The rate of children and young people receiving child protection services in 2017-18 was 18 per 1,000 population. This compares to the national rate of 29 per 1,000 population.

In 2017-18, children up to 12 months were the most likely to be receiving a child protection service, the rate being 35 per 1,000 population.

Young people apprehended by police

In 2016, 2,627 young people aged 10-17 years were apprehended by police in South Australia, a decrease from 4,291 in 2011. The three most common reasons for apprehensions of young people included theft from retail premises, serious assault not resulting in injury and unlawful entry with intent/burglary.

The apprehension rate for all young people aged 10-17 years in 2017-18 was 237 per 10,000  population, a decrease from 276 per 10,000  population in 2011-12.

Onkaparinga and Playford local government areas had the highest number of apprehensions.

Unrestrained children in cars

In 2017-18, South Australian police issued 668 fines or cautions for failing to safely restrain passengers under the age of 16 years. This was a decrease from the previous year. In 2016-17 there were 761 fines or cautions for the same offenses.

More fines or cautions were issued in the Far North Police Service Area where 345 have been issued since 2017.

Road and traffic safety

In 2017-18 in South Australia, 8,877 children and young people attended the South Australian Police Road Safety Centre. This was an increase of 888 from 2016-17.

The centre offers road and traffic safety programs to school groups and community organisations. There is a mock roadway where children and young people can learn about bike and traffic safety in a safe environment.

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