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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5247..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—review

Ms Burch (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan on Thursday, 20 October 2011): I would like to inform the Assembly the decision to search a young person on escort is not made as a matter of routine but is informed by a risk assessment of each individual case. The risk assessment takes into consideration the young person's security classification, past history in custody, whether the young person is on remand or sentenced, whether they have been found with contraband in the Centre or on previous escorts and what type of contact the young person has had with the community whilst out of the Centre.

While the application of these risk factors result in most young people requiring to be searched, not all young people will have a search undertaken.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—review

Ms Burch (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Hunter on Thursday, 20 October 2011): I would like to inform the Assembly that the development and implementation of the 'Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT' will be undertaken by the Youth Justice Implementation Taskforce over the next 12 months. The Taskforce has eleven members representing many different Government agencies and community organisations. Three members of the Taskforce are from the community sector, including the Director of the Youth Coalition of the ACT, the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and the Director of the Richmond Fellowship. There will be both broad and targeted consultation with many different stakeholders during the development of the Blueprint.

The Blueprint will include a number of specific areas of consultation. For example, a youth and family engagement strategy will be developed as part of the Blueprint. The Government has also noted the importance of culturally relevant and sensitive programs that will assist in reducing the offending rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and will develop an appropriate consultation strategy under the Blueprint with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Children and young people—care and protection

Ms Burch (in reply to a question by Mr Doszpot on Thursday, 20 October 2011): I would like to inform the Assembly that the nine children subject of the specific incidents that initiated this Review relate to four different family groups. For two of these children (relating to two family groups), there were placement request forms on the electronic database system. For the remaining seven children (relating to two different family groups), there were no placement request forms on file. In emergency situations, verbal briefing of the placement requirements often occur with the placement manager.


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