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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 6211..


If circumstances necessitate a placement break, then Care and Protection Services through the Placement Manager, would seek to facilitate a period of respite or short-term care for the child, preferably in another kinship placement, or a foster care placement.

Children—leaving care cases (Question No 1237)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 18 November 2010:

In relation to the Child Protection Case Conferencing Pilot referred to on page 76 of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services annual report 2009-10, (a) in general terms, what were the kinds of matters considered in relation to the 53 leaving care cases referred to the conferencing pilot, (b) in general terms, what were the outcomes for those 53 cases and (c) how will progress of those 53 cases be monitored.

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

(a) Within the leaving care Child Protection Case Conferences a number of matters were addressed that ensured the young people would be well supported once they were no longer in the care of the Chief Executive. These matters included residency, education, support services, contact and funding resource arrangements such as Transition to Independent Living Allowance grants.

(b) In general terms, these cases resulted in an 'action plan' that detailed what case management was needed prior to the young person leaving care. This included appropriate supports, services and funding referrals. The 'action plans' also identify which agency would be responsible for identified actions.

(c) Within the 53 cases, a portion have had more than one case conference prior to leaving care to ensure that the support services and other actions needed prior to the young person leaving care was implemented and modified if/as required. For the proportion of cases where the involvement of Care and Protection Services has ceased due to the young person leaving the care of the Chief Executive, other government and community agencies assume the role of monitoring the leaving care plan and supporting the young person.

Families—decision meetings (Question No 1238)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 18 November 2010:

In relation to Family Decision Meetings referred to on page 77 of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services annual report 2009-10, (a) how are family decision meetings different to family group conferences, (b) in general terms, what were the outcomes of the seven new family decision meetings held during the year and (c) in general terms, what were the outcomes of the three meetings held to review previous decisions.


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