Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 3155..
Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) One. Previously unattached officer, declared excess (including Shared Services until January 2009)
(2) Thirty Eight (including Shared Services until January 2009)
(3) Twelve, of which three are currently filled on a contract basis until they can be permanently filled. Three positions are expected to be filled prior to 30 June 2009
Families—data collection methods
(Question No 208)
Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 5 May 2009:
In relation to the Government response which agreed with the Sixth Assembly's Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People's recommendation that the Office of Children, Youth and Family Support review data collection methods so that the quantum of vulnerable families requiring support from the families-at-risk service delivery model can be estimated, can the Minister advise how this will be done in a comprehensive manner so as to ensure data collected provides the detail required to identify and support vulnerable families.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
The Government agreed to review and improve data collection methods to identify and support vulnerable families. To progress this goal the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, including the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support (OCYFS) continues to review and refine its data collection systems.
Vulnerable families and children and young people are currently identified when they present to a range of service delivery areas such as Care and Protection Services, parenting programs, non-government family support and Youth programs or drug and alcohol services. This information is collected and recorded on a range of systems.
Through a project on vulnerable families, the Department is working to improve the identification of these families earlier. Project objectives include increasing collaborative practice, developing common assessment tools, and providing training and checklists for frontline workers in all program areas. This will assist in providing more comprehensive support to vulnerable families.
In addition, there are a range of data collection systems and programs operating across the Department which also contributes to the level of information available to and used by the OCYFS in identifying and working with vulnerable families, including housing, disability