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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4047 ..

b. The case manager for each child or young person has the authority to review and update the care plan. Updates are generally undertaken in the context of consultation and discussion in Care Teams, with the child or young person where this is possible, and in consultation with their team leader.

6. Care plans are not intended to be static documents and are amended as individual circumstances change. More regular change is expected for those children on short-term or interim Care and Protection Orders. For children who are in stable long-term care, their care plans are less likely to change.

Therapeutic assessments are reviewed annually and inform any adjustments to the care plan. ACT Together are responsible for undertaking a review of the therapeutic assessment for children and young people they directly case manage.

7. A care plan is not added to a child’s health passport. Carers have access to both documents to inform their care of the child. Health Passports allow carers to record medical appointments and services to ensure this information is documented for the child and available to the carer.

Children and young people—care and protection(Question No 2655)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Families, upon notice, on 16 August 2019:

(1) Does the KPGM Final Report for the mid-Strategy evaluation of A Step Up for Our Kids state on page 50 that “the number of children and young people in care with a Health Passport was not recorded’; if so, does the ACT have complete and accurate records of which children and young people currently in out-of-home care have been issued Health Passports.

(2) If the ACT does not have complete and accurate records in relation to part (1), why has this information not been kept and if the information is partial or incomplete, what is known.

(3) Since Health Passports were introduced in 2015, has the ACT Government taken steps to introduce them to children and young people already in care, or have they only been issued to those entering care for the first time, and what has been the reason/s behind this approach.

(4) If data has been kept how many children and young people currently in out-of-home care are aged (a) 0–14 and (b) 15–18, and of these, how many currently have Health Passports.

(5) What is the mechanism for keeping a Health Passport up to date once it has been issued to a child or young person.

(6) What is the initial cost related to issuing a Health Passport.

(7) What are the ongoing costs, if any, for keeping a Health Passport up to date.

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