THE number of children on care and protection orders has doubled over the past 10 years, according to a report into health and welfare of Australian young people.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found that 28,200 children aged 0-12 were on care and protection orders in 2011, almost twice as many as in 2000.
Cases of abuse and neglect have risen from 4.8 children per 1000 in 1999-2000 to 6.9 per 1000 in 2011, representing 25,400 children aged 0-12. But they have dropped from the peak of 8.1 per 1000 in 2004-05.
There are 32,000 children in out-of-home care, a figure that has doubled since 2000.