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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3730..


(1) How many children and young people are in the care of the Chief Executive as at 29 June 2010.

(2) Of those children and young people referred to in part (1), how many are in (a) home care, (b) foster care, (c) kinship care, (d) institutionalised care and (e) group housing without an adult in loco parentis.

(3) In relation to any young people in group housing without an adult in loco parentis, (a) why are they in that situation, (b) where are they accommodated and (c) what supervision or mentoring is provided.

(4) Of the children and young people in out-of-home care, (a) what is the breakdown by age, (b) how many are indigenous, (c) how many are from non-English-speaking backgrounds, (d) how many were not born in Australia, (e) how many families are represented.

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

1. There are 555 children and young people in the care of the Chief Executive as at 29 June 2010.

2. Out of the 555 children and young people in the care of the Chief Executive at 29 June 2010, there were:

a) 50 in home care;

b) 195 in foster care;

c) 246 in kinship care;

d) Institutionalised care is not a definition that is used in the ACT or Nationally. As of 26 June there are 44 in residential care and 8 in Youth Detention; and

e) None in group housing without an adult in loco parentis.

The remaining 12 children and young people are in placements that do not fall within these categories.

3. Care and Protection Services has no young people in group housing without an adult in loco parentis.

4. Out of the 555 children and young people in the care of the Chief Executive as at 29 June 2010;

a) The table at Attachment A provides an age breakdown of the children and young people in the care of the Chief Executive.

b) There were 105 indigenous children and young people in out of home care.

c) Care and Protection Services collect this data but the quality is variable and not reliable for reporting as the information may be provided by persons other than the child/young person or parents.

d) Care and Protection Services collect this data but the quality is variable and not reliable for reporting as the information may be provided by persons other than the child/young person or parents.

e) Care and Protection Services records this data however there are definitional difficulties and a cumulative figure is not readily available.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office.)


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