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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 23 June 2011) . . Page.. 2574 ..


Youth—support(Question No 1608)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 5 April 2011 (redirected to the Minister for Community Services):

(1) In relation to the Youth and Family Service and Delivery Framework and the Minister’s media release, dated 8 March 2011, ACT Government looks to support youths in care beyond 18, in which it was stated that all other Australian jurisdictions provide support beyond the age of 18 and as the parent of young people in the care of the Government, we should strive to provide support to this group of young people the same way other parents in the ACT support their young people to transition to independent living, can the Minister provide a copy of the evidence or background paper that was written by the Government to inform the development of the Service Delivery Framework that was released in September 2010.

(2) Does the new service delivery framework cater for young people aged 18 to 25 years.

(3) How does the Minister propose to support the extension of services for young people aged 18 to 25 years leaving care, but are removing the provision of services by the Youth Services Programs to other young Canberrans aged 18 to 25.

(4) Does the Youth and Family Service Delivery Framework identify that early intervention and prevention work will take place in schools, child and family centres and childcare centres; if so, how will early intervention work occur for young people not engaged with these institutions in the community.

(5) What procedures will be used to gather informed consent considering the need for all clients’ information to be provided to the proposed Central Intake System.

(6) Has the Minister considered that young people who will be required to give a range of personal information to access a service in the ACT may be put off by this process and will not engage with service providers; if so, how does the Minister propose to overcome this issue.

(7) What privacy protections will be put in place to protect children, young people and families’ right to privacy in regards to information provided to the proposed Central Intake System.

(8) Will support and training be provided to community organisations to assist them to understand their obligations in relation to the Central Intake Service and the management of clients personal information.

(9) When will organisations, who have submitted tenders, be informed of the outcomes of this tendering process.

(10) When does the Minister expect this Service Delivery Framework to be fully operational in the Territory.

(11) What transitional arrangements will be put in place to allow organisations to time to become fully operational.


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