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• The feedback from the community on the service system under A Step Up for Our Kids has been captured in two listening reports, and can be found at: https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/children-and-family-services-reform/step-our-kids
(2) In addition to the issues noted above, the following recommendations have been made to improve pathways to support:
• Improve the availability and accessibility of other services, such as alcohol and other drug rehabilitation, mental health, disability and therapeutic services.
• Further strengthen support during the transition to adulthood for young people who have a care experience.
• Addressing historical issues of fragmentation and disconnection within the service system will improve pathways to support.
Children and young people—research studies and programs
(Question No 751)
Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Families and Community Services, upon notice, on 8 April 2022:
(1) In relation to the Good Start in Life study raised in the Minister’s progress update on the implementation of the ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment 2015-2025, dated 6 April 2022, (a) when did this study begin and when is it expected to conclude, (b) how much funding is the ACT Government providing to this study and (c) will the outcome of the study include recommendations to government.
(2) In relation to the Village for Every Child program raised in the Minister’s progress update on the implementation of the ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment 2015-2025, dated 6 April 2022, (a) when did this program start and who is administering it, (b) how much funding is the ACT Government providing to the program, (c) what are the intended outcomes of the program, (d) how do families access this program, (e) if families are referred to the program, how are they identified, (f) how many full-time equivalent staff are engaged in delivering this program, (g) why was Belconnen chosen as the site of the program and (h) are there plans to extend the program to other districts in Canberra.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) (a) The study started 1 November 2020 and is due to cease 31 August 2024.
(b) Nil. The study is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), an initiative by the Australian Government to improve Australia’s health. The University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute received an MRFF grant for research into early childhood services and childhood development. ACT Government Directorates are supporting the Good Start in Life study as key local stakeholders, with the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre and Canberra Health Services represented on the Project Advisory Board.
(c) The outcomes of the study will include recommendations to Government.
The project has been established to provide guidance to public health policy, in