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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1785 ..


Child and Family Centres, which can provide case management, parenting groups/guidance and access to MACH nurses.

CCCares, which provides education for young parents including in house day care facilities

Roundabout Canberra, which provide free baby goods (not a direct referral but rather accessed through social workers/case managers.)

Karinya House, which provides transitional housing for young mothers and outreach to young mothers.

6) In the event that a young person gives birth while living in residential care, CYPS would work in partnership with ACT Together to ensure the safety of the newborn baby. The assessed level of risk would determine what further CYPS support is needed. CYPS can refer young mothers to the services and programs identified in the response to question 4 and 5.

Planning would occur to support the mother to provide care in a more appropriate setting such as a kinship placement, foster care placement, or semi-independent living placement or referral to Karinya House, depending on the age, capacity and responsivity of the young person involved.

7) All services referred to above benefit both the mother and baby.


Youth—pregnancy and maternal health services(Question No 217)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Families and Community Services, upon notice, on 23 April 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Health):

(1) How many ACT residents below the age of 18 gave birth, in each of the past five financial years.

(2) What supports or services are provided to a young person under the age of 18 who becomes pregnant, including mental health and emotional support.

(3) What supports or services are provided to a young person under the age of 18 who gives birth to a child and can the Minister include those designed to benefit both the mother as well as the child, including mental health and emotional support.

(4) What is the process for making sure that a young person under the age of 18 is connected to appropriate services during pregnancy and after childbirth.

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

(1) Number of ACT Residents below the age of 18 who gave birth between 2016-17 and 2020-21 to 30 April 2021.

Financial Year

Total Episodes

2016-17

13

2017-18

13

2018-19

17

2019-20

12

2020-21 (to 30/4/2021)

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