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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4242..


A Team Leader allocates a case to a named worker. The Team Leader takes into consideration when allocating a case the level, skill, knowledge and experience of the case worker, the case workers current case load, the complexity of the case requiring allocation and the complexity of cases already managed by the case worker.

(2) The work of child protection workers includes the risk assessment of concerns and the allocation of appropriate resources and priority to the individual needs of the child or young person.

Public service—data management systems

(Question No 1325)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2006:

What is the current status of the data management system being used by the ACT Government to exchange data and information with other providers of care and protection services.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

This question addresses some of the issues of recommendation 9.3 of The Territory as Parent report. The Government agreed to implement this recommendation and work continues to be progressed. The exchange of information with child welfare departments in other jurisdictions occurs pursuant to the provisions of the Children and Young People Act 1999.

All care and protection authorities within Australia submit statistical information for inclusion in the annual national publications Child Protection Australia and the Report on Government Services. These publications provide national statistics on child protection services. They provide current year and trend data on child protection notifications, investigations, substantiations, children on orders and children in out-of-home care. Detailed information on the characteristics of children in the child protection system is presented.

Children—risk assessments

(Question No 1326)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2006:

What form of a current Memorandum of Understanding and suitable protocols have been developed between the Child at Risk Assessment Unit, Family Services and ACT Policing that clearly show that roles and functions are clearly defined for each agency.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Department and ACT Health was entered into on 31 January 2005. A review of the Memorandum is under consideration and a meeting between ACT Health and the Department to progress the review met on 30 November 2006. Further meetings are scheduled.


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