Feeling safe is important. In 2019, 45% of young people aged 15-19 years in South Australia reported not being at all concerned about their personal safety however; 18% of 15-19 year olds reported feeling very or extremely concerned about their personal safety, an increase since 2014 (13%). In 2019, 20% of 15-19 year olds in South Australia reported feeling slightly concerned and 18% reported feeling somewhat concerned.
Nationally, 18% of 15-19 year olds reported feeling very or extremely concerned about their personal safety.
Children and young people receiving child protection services
In 2018-19, the rate of child protection substantiations for children and young people from birth to 17 years of age was 4.8 per 1,000 population in South Australia, an increase from 4.5 in 2017-18.
The rate of children and young people receiving child protection services in 2018-19 was 19 per 1,000 population. This compares to the national rate of 30 per 1,000 population.
In 2018-19, children up to 12 months were the most likely to be receiving a child protection service, the rate being 35 per 1,000 population.