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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4251..

Given that the ACT Government response to the Vardon Report 2004 agreed to establish core competencies for professional foster and kinship carers in services related children services, has this been completed and implemented; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

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

The Office for Children Youth and Family Support (OCYFS) have been engaged in an ongoing and positive consultation process with key stakeholders in the Out of Home Care sector to develop pre-service training based on nationally recognised competencies for foster carers. These competencies form part of the Certificate IV in Community Services (Protective Care). The training would also be available to kinship carers.

As part of the 'pre-service' phase of training, foster carers will complete four units of competency. The delivery and assessment of this training involves a partnership approach involving collaboration between foster care agencies, the OCYFS and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - Training for the Health and Community Services (TRAHCS).

Departmental and agency staff have completed a Certificate IV Training and Assessment in order to be qualified to assess the foster care training.

Children—care and protection

(Question No 1350)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

Given that the Vardon Report 2004 recommended that a comprehensive communication plan be developed for internal and external communication, as a way of informing all individuals and agencies about care and protection services in the ACT and that the ACT Government response of May 2004 to the Vardon Report agreed to the recommendation and to preparing a comprehensive plan, has this been completed; if so, is a copy of the plan available for scrutiny; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

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

See Answer to QoN No 1336 (2)

Environment—climate change strategy

(Question No 1353)

Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 18 October 2006 (redirected to the Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) Does the ACT Government still intend on releasing a final energy and climate change strategy by December 2006;

(2) If not, what is the timeline for its release and why has it been delayed.

Mr Hargreaves

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

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