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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 13 Hansard (31 October) . . Page.. 4143..

This view is backed up internationally. The UK Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services report into early intervention determined some of the key principles of good practice in early intervention. According to the centre for excellence, key principles of good practice in early intervention concerned the focus, features and types of interventions for particular target groups. The review stressed the need to focus on issues that affect children profoundly through their lives and recognise the importance of addressing family circumstances. They therefore recommended the following priorities:

      •     addressing structural disadvantages, such as poverty, poor health and low educational achievement amongst parents/carers,

      •     providing interventions aimed at meeting the needs of adults and children simultaneously and tackling multiple sources of stress within the family,

      •     providing opportunities for parents to develop their basic skills—for example, in literacy and numeracy,

      •     developing parenting skills, especially for young parents and parents of children with behavioural problems,

      •     supporting looked-after children—especially their learning, mental health and accommodation needs.

And that is from Brodie and Morris in 2009.

We have a responsibility to ensure that the resources of government are targeted at ensuring that our children and young people can develop to their full potential and be active participants in our community. I think it is clear that this government is living up to that responsibility, and I thank Mr Gentleman for raising this matter of public importance.

Discussion concluded.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Legislative Assembly (Members' Superannuation) Act, pursuant to section 11A—Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly Members Superannuation Board—Annual Report 2012-2013, dated 31 October 2013.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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