The POCLS interactive dashboards are temporarily unavailable while the data is being updated.
The POCLS interactive dashboards provide high level information collected from children and their caregivers about their experiences with out-of-home care (OOHC).
The dashboards allow stakeholders to explore key POCLS data to gain insights on the experiences and trajectories of a cohort of children and young people who entered OOHC for the first time between May 2010 and October 2011. Children continue to participate in the Study if they remain in long-term OOHC or exit to restoration, guardianship or open adoption.
The dashboards also provide an understanding of the characteristics and experiences of the caregivers including birth parents for children restored.
For additional aggregated survey data and findings please refer to the POCLS statistical and research reports: children and caregivers PDF, 16799.28 KB, leaving care PDF, 1780.05 KB, teachers PDF, 2036.41 KB and caseworkers PDF, 3107.59 KB and research reports focusing on policy and practice areas.
About the dashboards
Information in the dashboards
The dashboards include:
- Demographic data for all children in the final orders cohort (n=2,828)
- Results from children and carers in each wave of data collection providing the most detailed view possible of the data currently available.
- Results from children who have participated in all of the first three waves (W1,2,3) and the first four waves (W1,2,3,4) to allow changes over time to be observed.
- Results presented by district, placement type, gender and age.
There are several documents to assist users interpret the data presented in each dashboard. These also include some key statistics about the children and caregivers in the study. Please refer to these documents for more information.
- Introduction to the Interactive Dashboards PDF, 335.19 KB: Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) provides an overview of the study together with information on dashboard functionality and confidentiality.
- Characteristics of the children and young people in the POCLS PDF, 265.5 KB provides an overview of the first dashboard, which includes demographic data and information on placements and exits from OOHC.
- Child protection history of the children and young people in the POCLS PDF, 240.04 KB provides an overview of the second dashboard, which includes information on issues reported prior to entering OOHC, predominant reported issue type and number of Risk of Significant Harm (ROSH) reports before entering OOHC.
- Characteristics of the carers and households in the POCLS PDF, 269.58 KB provides an overview of the third dashboard, which includes age of primary carer, employment status, cultural identity of the household, highest level of carer education and annual household income before tax. The data can be shown by household or child or young person.
- Child development over time in the POCLS PDF, 267.47 KB provides a high-level view of the development of the children and young people In the study including social and emotional development, English language development and non-verbal reasoning and how these were measured in POCLS.
The POCLS dashboards under development are listed in the Introduction to the Interactive Dashboards: Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) PDF, 335.19 KB.
The dashboards present the data in two ways:
- Latest wave only: displays the latest wave of data collected with the option to drill down by child dimensions (the dashboard opens on this option).
- Customised: displays cross-sectional data by wave, and longitudinal data/tracked samples, with the option to drill down by child dimensions (this can be accessed via the “Customise Dashboard” button at the bottom of each dashboard).
Please note that the POCLS sample is not representative of all children and young people in OOHC. It is therefore important to consider the population that the sample was drawn from when considering the generalisability of the findings.
It should also be noted that the dashboards do not show whether differences are statistically significant, and so confirmation of trends observed in the dashboards through either published papers available on the POCLS website or by contacting the POCLS team is highly recommended before making decisions based on this data. While children may have participated at every wave, they may not have completed every measure at each wave.
To protect the identity of the children and families who have taken part in the study, any combination of child characteristics that produces a total of less than five will lead to the data not being displayed. This means some charts will not be available for certain combinations of filters.
POCLS Aborignal Data Governance
The POCLS acknowledges and honours Aboriginal people as our First Peoples of NSW and is committed to working with the DCJ Aboriginal Outcomes team to ensure that Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities are supported and empowered to improve their life outcomes. The POCLS data asset will be used to improve how services and supports are designed and delivered in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities.
DCJ recognises the importance of Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS) and Indigenous Data Governance (IDG) in the design, collection, analysis, dissemination and management of all data related to Aboriginal Australians. The POCLS is subject to ethics approval, including from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW. DCJ is currently in the process of scoping the development of IDS and IDG principles that will apply to future Aboriginal data creation, development, stewardship, analysis, dissemination and infrastructure. The POCLS will continue to collaborate with Aboriginal
Where can I find further information?
For further information about the dashboards and other statistics, please contact the POCLS team.
FACS Insights, Analysis and Research who are leading the study: