Protected to death in 2014 by the NSW Foster Care System

Once again the governments own statistics prove children are at a risk of 8.4 times higher of dying when placed into foster care.

In 2014, 79 children died in NSW.  11 of those children were in out of home care. [1] This means that 7 % of the children who died were removed from parents [alive] and were protected to death by the department [FACS].

There were 1,400,000 children under the age of 15 years in NSW in 2014, [2] leaving a total of 1,373,576 children not in OOHC.  And of those children, 68 died. There were 26,424 in out of home care NSW in 2014. [3]  And of those children [in care] 11 of them died.

This means that:

  1. The rate of children dying in foster care is 1 child death per 2,402 children.
  2. And the rate of children dying not in foster care is 1 child death per 20,199 children.


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