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also fund the upskilling of workers in the youth sector with tailored training. This training will support youth workers to better recognise, respond to and refer young people who are impacted by domestic and family violence.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what initiatives has the government invested in to ensure the needs of children and young people who are victim-survivors of domestic and family violence are supported?

MS BERRY: Children and young people are recognised as victim-survivors of domestic and family violence in their own right in the ACT. Additionally, it is not often reflected in service responses, which are usually focused on supporting adult victim-survivors. As the impact of domestic and family violence on children and young people becomes better understood and responded to, I am pleased to say that this budget provides funding to ensure children’s specialist and professional roles continue to support child-specific case management services.

Mr Barr: All further questions can be placed on the notice paper. And there is no award for witty interjections in question time today.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Budget 2023-2024—disability services

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: On indulgence, I just want to let Mr Milligan know that the Disability Health Strategy draft is currently out for consultation, and I encourage all members to encourage people to participate in that consultation on YourSay.


MS DAVIDSON: On Tuesday, Mrs Kikkert asked a question of the Attorney-General about youth justice matters. In his answer to one of her questions, Minister Rattenbury said:

The answer is to seek to intervene in a way that changes the trajectory of these young people’s lives and addresses the factors that see them involved in respect of criminal offences.

Mrs Kikkert went on to ask what the top three programs that have been running are. As the youth justice programs she was talking about there fall within my administrative arrangements, I thought I might provide her with an answer so she does not have to wait for it to come through in questions on notice.

The first of these is the CHART, the Changing Habits and Reaching Targets program. This is a cognitive behavioural program for young people who are on supervised orders in the community, but it can also be delivered in Bimberi. It is evidence-based. There are six core modules and then six additional modules that are used on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual young person’s needs and on what will help them best with behaviour change. It involves the staff member engaging with the young person in planning casework, interventions and activities that will help them to change the trajectory that they are on.

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