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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4048 ..


(8) In the past year (2018–19), how many children and young people aged (a) 0–14 and (b) 15-18, entered out-of-home care and of these, how many were issued with Health Passports.

(9) What is the current policy or guideline regarding how quickly a child or young person entering care should be issued a Heath Passport.

(10) Of those children and young people in part (8)(a), how many of them received Health Passports within (a) two weeks (b) four weeks and six weeks, of entering care.

(11) Of those children and young people part (8)(b), how many of them received Health Passports within (a) two weeks (b) four weeks and six weeks, of entering care.

(12) What are the steps necessary to issuing a Health Passport, and who is responsible for completing this process.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. Yes, the KPMG report does include the quoted words. However, Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS) has a record of all Health Passports issued to the carers caring for children and young people who have entered care.

2. See response to Question 1.

3. When Health Passports were introduced in 2015, they were provided to children and young people aged under 14 years entering care. Health Passports have since been extended to all children and young people in care under 14 years regardless of the year in which they entered care.

4.

a. As at 25 August 2019, there were 610 children and young people from birth until 14 in out of home care for whom the Director-General held parental responsibility.

Out of the 610 children and young people, 577 had been issued a Health Passport as at 3 September 2019. The remaining 33 children and young people live outside the ACT and surrounding area.

b. As at 25 August 2019, there were 85 young people aged 15–18 in out of home care for whom the Director-General held parental responsibility.

Of the 85 young people, 10 had been issued a Health Passport. These health passports were issued when the young people were aged 14 years and under.

5. Carers are advised to take the Health Passport to appointments in order to record a contemporary summary of a child or young person’s health.

6. The cost is approximately $13.00 per Health Passport.

7. There are no ongoing costs to maintain a Health Passport.

8.

a. In 2018-19, there were 95 children from birth until 14 years of age who entered care and for whom the Director-General held parental responsibility. Of these


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