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10) Through the Review of Children and Young People, the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing made a commitment to enhance evidence-informed mental health and wellbeing education programs in schools.

As part of this commitment, the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing agreed to undertake a review of the mental health and wellbeing programs offered to primary school aged children, 8-12 years. This review was to include government, non-government and independent schools and was scheduled to take place in 2020, however due to the global pandemic this was put on hold. The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing are currently working with the Australian National University to undertake this commitment.

11) In 2021 Office undertook a Literature Review to analyse best practice programs for 8-12-year-olds. This Literature Review will be released in mid-2022.

In 2021 the National Mental Health Commission published The National Children’s Mental Health and wellbeing Strategy which brought together expertise from around Australia and considered the range of research on children’s mental health. The ACT was represented on the Steering Committee.

The 2022 Bilateral Agreement on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention included the enhancement of child mental health supports. A further analysis of the mental health needs of 8-12-year-olds in the ACT will be undertaken to support the development of an enhanced child mental health response in the ACT.

ACT Corrective Services—spit hoods use
(Question No 743)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 8 April 2022:

(1) Does ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) maintain a stockpile of spit hoods; if so, how many does it have.

(2) In what situations would ACTCS staff use a spit hood.

(3) When was the last time ACTCS used a spit hood on a person.

(4) Does ACTCS staff have any restrictions on who a spit hood can be used on.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1) No, ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) does not maintain a stockpile of spit hoods.

2) Not applicable (ACTCS does not use spit hoods).

3) Spit hoods have not been used for at least four years. To determine if they have been used prior to this period would be an unreasonable diversion of resources as this would require manual inspection of a large number of documents.

4) Not applicable.

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