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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4042 ..

The CYPQAI Committee is an independent advisory forum that provides arm’s length quality assurance by giving independent advice on child protection policies and practices to foster ongoing improvements of the child protection system.

The Case Analysis Team undertakes case analysis of children to provide an objective view of a child’s involvement with the child protection system and provide advice to support decision making and planning. The case analysis supports staff in understanding the impact of cumulative harm rather than a single incident of risk.

5. The Safer Families package funds Legal Aid ACT to expand capacity in its Family Violence Unit to assist more victims of family violence, and their children, to apply for family violence orders.

From 2020-21, Legal Aid funding will transition out of the Safer Families funding package. JACS will review these initiatives in 2019-20 to determine the best approach for the future to assist the initiatives to continue operating outside the Safer Families package.

6. The budget initiative 'Safer Families – stronger criminal justice responses’ provides additional capacity to the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions to institute and conduct prosecutions of alleged family violence perpetrators and increase the victim assistance service delivery.

JACS will review this initiative in 2019-20 to determine the best approach for the future to assist the initiative to continue operating outside the Safer Families package.

7. In the 2019-20 budget, $418,000 over four years is allocated to assist women and children to leave violence via the Safer Families Assistance Program. This program provides $2,000 to help women leaving violence with the costs associated with maintaining or establishing a home.

8. In the 2019-20 budget, the ACT Government committed $831,000 over four years to fund the establishment of a permanent Domestic and Family Violence Death Review function for the ACT. This death review function will analyse information relating to family violence deaths in the ACT and make recommendations for system wide improvements to services to prevent similar deaths occurring in the future. This will help us to improve family violence responses by examining the ways in which the Government’s systems and services performed when they were most challenged.

9. As a therapeutic, residential behaviour change program for men who use domestic and family violence, Room4Change participants enter and exit accommodation on a regular basis depending on needs and safety. There are also Room4Change participants who do not access the residential component of the program. Consequently, the exact number of additional individuals who will receive support from the extension of Room4Change cannot be determined.

Data for 2018-19 show that 37 clients participated in the Room4Change program, with 33 partners and ex-partners of clients receiving partner support. Of the 33 partners and ex-partners who received support, 53 children were impacted. An additional 17 children of partners and ex-partners who declined partner support were also impacted.

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