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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6053..


Water quality sampling began at the Flemington Road Pond in early 2010. The dataset from the pond is not large enough to determine trends at this stage.

Children—care and protection (Question No 1889)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 27 October 2011:

The Children and Young People's Act requires that annual review report, for a reviewable care and protection order to be written which reports on the circumstances and living arrangements of the child or young person who is the subject of the care and protection order; and whether the Director-General considers the existing arrangements for the care and protection of the child or young person are in the best interests of the child or young person. In relation to care and protection services (a) in 2010 and (b) in 2011 to 30 September, how many

(a) children and young people were in care and on orders for more than 6 months.

(b) annual review reports were lodged with the Children's Court.

(c) annual review reports were lodged with the Public Advocate.

(d) children and young people received a copy of their annual report.

(e) kinship or foster carers received a copy of the child or young person's annual report.

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

a) In the calendar year, 2010 there were 687 children and young people on a reviewable Care and Protection Order.

From 1 January 2011 to 30 September 2011 there were 646 children and young people on a reviewable Care and Protection Order.

Children and young people subject to Care and Protection Orders are not always in care. The numbers above include orders where the child or young person may remain at home under supervision (if the order is for longer than six months). It also includes children and young people on orders where placements may have included home and care.

b) In 2010 there were 626 annual review reports filed with the ACT Children's Court.

Between 1 January 2011 and 30 September 2011, there have been 510 annual review reports filed with the ACT Children's Court.

The difference in numbers is attributable to the variance in time when annual reviews are due which varies from child to child and overlaps years, the number of reviews that are not required as a result of an order expiring before the annual review is due and those orders where parental responsibility is removed from the Director-General and made directly to the carer.


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