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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 October 2010) . . Page.. 4718 ..


Assembly what percentage of young people exiting Bimberi reoffend and are sentenced to the AMC?

MS BURCH: I do not have that detail about me, Ms Hunter, but I thank you for your interest in our vulnerable children, and that includes those exiting from Bimberi. I can take that on notice and bring back an answer.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Hunter?

MS HUNTER: Minister, what services does your department provide for former juvenile justice detainees and their families once they exit Bimberi, and for how long are these services provided?

Mr Coe: Get a briefing.

MS BURCH: Actually, it is a very strong suggestion from those over there that a briefing is “taken”. In fact, a briefing is offered to any over there, but not one time do I remember Mrs Dunne asking for a brief on care and protection matters or indeed—

Mr Hanson: Has Ms Hunter sought a briefing?

MS BURCH: I will get to Ms Hunter’s question. There are a range of services and support programs offered to young people who exit Bimberi and to their families. That would include support back into education or employment, the connection to family activities, health matters, mental health matters and individual client care and needs. As young people come through Bimberi a care plan is developed that looks at their needs for while they are in Bimberi but also for those that exit. Particular groups of those moving out of Bimberi may have particular needs, and so those connections are made.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are over-represented in Bimberi. I think the facts and figures tell us that, so we work quite closely with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. We have an Aboriginal liaison officer in Bimberi to help strengthen those connections as well. That work is ongoing.

As for the question of how long that is, I do not think there is a prescribed time, but I am quite happy, again, to come back with some advice. I think that would be relevant to the circumstances of the family and the circumstances of the young person and what they do.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you. Minister, what access do community organisations have with juvenile justice detainees in Bimberi in order to establish a relationship with them before they are released?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question. There are a surprising number of community-based organisations that have access and go through Bimberi to


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