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Whether the outcome decision of a finalised investigation is substantiated, as represented by a code.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Yes/no code N ".
Data Type Boolean
Format N
Maximum character length 1
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 2 No
1 Yes


Guide for use:

This data element should only be reported in relation to child protection investigations that have been finalised
(Child protection notification—investigation status, code N = 1). Once an investigation is finalised an outcome is recorded in the system.

CODE 1 Yes

A finalised investigation is classified as 'substantiated' where there is reasonable cause to believe that the child has been, is being or is likely to be abused or neglected or otherwise harmed. Substantiation does not necessarily require sufficient evidence for a successful prosecution and does not imply that treatment or case management was, or is to be, provided.


A finalised investigation is classified as 'not substantiated' where an investigation has concluded that there is no reasonable cause to suspect prior, current or future abuse or neglect or harm to the child.

Child protection and support services data dictionary. AIHW Version 1.0 Oct 2005.

This is important to measure the proportion of investigations that are substantiated. It is also important to determine the outcomes of children who are in contact with community services departments.


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