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(3) In how many of these cases did the FGC facilitator determine that a FGC was a suitable action.
(4) In how many of these cases did a FGC actually occur.
(5) What were the reasons, by number, why any FGCs did not occur after being recommended by a FGC facilitator.
(6) What guidelines does a FGC facilitator use to determine if a FGC is a suitable option following emergency action
(7) How many planned applications involving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children or young people were lodged with the Childrens Court in 2020–21.
(8) How many of these planned applications were preceded by a FGC.
(9) What guidelines does a case manager use when considering holding a FGC before a planned application.
(10) How many other FGCs were conducted during 2020–21 in matters involving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Children, apart from cases captured in parts (1) and (7).
(11) How many FGCs were conducted during 2020-21 in matters involving children or young people who are not Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1. During the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, Emergency Action was taken for 24 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children or young people.
2. Of the 24 children, which consist of 13 families, seven (7) family consultations occurred with CYPS case managers.
3. The FGC facilitator does not determine suitability for the program as this is a family led process.
4. Two (2) Family Group Conferences were held.
5. Five (5) Family Group Conferences did not occur as the family made the decision to not proceed.
6. A Family Group Conference is a facilitated meeting which supports family-led decision making during critical phases of Child and Youth Protection Services involvement. Facilitators do not determine the suitability for a family to engage in the service. Once a family agrees to engage, the facilitator is guided by practice guides and procedures that inform the Family Group Conference planning process.
As a Family Group Conference is voluntary, it will not proceed if:
i. the child does not want to participate (if age appropriate); and
ii. key family members do not want to participate.