Annual Report 2015-2016 Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory
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Timeliness of Investigations Once a child protection investigation commences, Territory Families policy specifies that it should be completed within 28 days. In some circumstances this target can be difficult to attain and a slightly longer period is required. Figure 7 shows the percentage of investigations that were completed over a five-year period within the 28-day and 62day time frames. The significant decrease experienced in 2013-14 of on-time investigation completions has changed in 2015-16. Territory Families continue to be experiencing a large increase in the number of investigations undertaken (see Figure 8). It is surprising that the 2015-16 figures for completed investigations have slightly improved from 2014-15 given considerable increases in investigations Territory Families (see Figure 8). This might be partly due to Territory Families work to streamline child protection processes by rolling multiple investigations that have commenced involving the same family group into one investigation. Figure 7: Percentage of Completed Investigations within 28 days and 62 days, 2011 12 to 2015-16 Source: Territory Families 2016 28 days or less 62 days or less 2011-12 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 58% 57% 44% 66% 78% 73% 65% 43% 77% 50% 45OFFICE OF THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER NORTHERN TERRITORY ANNUAL REPORT 2015-16