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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3729..


Children—court appearances

(Question No 997)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 30 June 2010:

(1) How many children and young people, in the care of the Chief Executive, have appeared before the courts on criminal matters for each year since the new Children and Young People's Act came into operation.

(2) Were any of those referred to in part (1) remanded or sentenced to Bimberi; if so, (a) how many and (b) for how long.

(3) How many children and young people in the care and protection system are currently before the courts.

(4) What is the nature of matters that have brought those children and young people referred to in part (3) before the courts.

(5) When children and young people in the care of the Chief Executive appear before the courts on criminal matters, does that have to be reported to the Public Advocate under section 507 of the Act; if so, what reporting processes are in place.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) I refer the Member to my response to Question on Notice 658 approved for circulation to the Standing Committee on Estimates 2010-11. This information cannot be readily attained as a comprehensive data set is not centrally held.

(2) On an average day, approximately 40% of the population of children and young people on remand or under sentence at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre are known to the Chief Executive for care and protection concerns or are subject to a care and protection order giving the Chief Executive parental responsibility for the child or young person.

(3) I refer the Member to my answer to question one (1) above.

(4) I refer the Member to my answer to question one (1) above and note that any child or young person appearing before an ACT Court will have been charged by ACT Policing with an offence against the criminal law applying in the Territory.

(5) Section 507 of the Children and Young People Act 2008 ('the Act') does not require the Chief Executive to report to the Public Advocate if a child or young person in the care of the Chief Executive appears before an ACT Court on a criminal charge.

Children—care and protection

(Question No 998)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 30 June 2010:


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