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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 2505..


(5) Has there been any evidence collected from the operation of the After Hours Bail Support Service to support reviewing the Bail Act for children and young people to ensure that bail conditions are set in the best interests of the child.

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

(1) No, 51 young people were not placed on remand.

There were 28 police-initiated remand episodes for 22 different young people between the commencement of the After Hours Bail Support Service on 28 October 2011 and 19 December 2011. Of these, 4 young people were remanded by police on first instance warrants. All other remand episodes were for breaches of bail and fresh offences.

As well as assisting young people in police custody to secure bail, the After Hours Bail Support Service also receives requests to assist young people already on bail, to comply with their orders. These young people may be at-risk of breaching their bail. The After Hours Bail Support Service receives requests for assistance from service agencies, young people and their natural supports.

(2) I am unable to answer this question as refusal of bail is a matter for ACT Policing.

(3) The primary support needs of the young people include assistance finding accommodation placements for those in Police custody and in the community, providing transport to placements and assisting young people on bail supervision to comply with conditions of bail orders and directions made by Youth Justice staff.

(4) Yes. Social Housing and Homelessness Services offer an Emergency Accommodation Network which provides emergency accommodation options to young people aged 16-25 who are experiencing homelessness. The After Hours Bail Support Service can access these services after hours. In addition to the Emergency Accommodation Network, young people can be placed by After Hours Bail Support Service with the Out of Home Care placements funded by the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, namely Marlow Cottage and Narrabundah House.

(5) The Bail Act 1992 requires an authorised Police Officer and the court to consider the best interests of the child in making a decision about the grant of bail. The After Hours Bail Support Service promotes positive outcomes for alleged young offenders and the community in the context of existing bail laws.

Schools—asbestos (Question No 2186)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 29 March 2012:

(1) Has every ACT school been inspected to see if it contains asbestos; if not, which schools have not been inspected, and why not.

(2) How many ACT schools contain asbestos.


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