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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2513 ..


(2) What specific reforms are in process of being implemented in the territory’s care and protection system because of what was learnt on the study tour mentioned in part 1.

(3) What specific reforms are planned for the territory’s care and protection system because of what was learnt on this study tour.

(4) What specific reforms have been introduced into the territory’s youth justice system because of what was learnt on this study tour.

(5) What specific reforms are in process of being implemented in the territory’s youth justice system because of what was learnt on this study tour.

(6) What specific reforms are planned for the territory’s youth justice system because of what was learnt on this study tour.

(7) Considering that the Minister in her report noted that Family Group Conferencing (FGC) is ‘now embedded across the system’ in Leeds, UK, contributing to a 15 per cent reduction in ‘looked after children’, what is the ACT Government’s plan for embedding FGC across its child protection system.

(8) What are the indicator-based outcomes that are higher for children and young people in foster and residential care in Scotland in comparison to children at home.

(9) Are there any indicator-based outcomes that are higher for children and young people in care and protection in the ACT in comparison to children at home.

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

(1) The December 2018 United Kingdom and Ireland study tour focused on understanding innovative service models, pooled and other funding arrangements, and place-based approaches across the UK, to strengthen the contemporary application of these methodologies across the ACT service system. There was a strong focus on visiting areas where community-led and codesigned approaches were working toward agreed community outcomes, with a focus on supporting children, and their families, in the early years or first 1000 days.

The study tour and insights from the visits and meetings have informed a range of reforms across the human service system, of which care and protection and youth justice are key parts. This includes the next iteration of A Step Up for Our Kids out-of-home care strategy and the development of Best Start for Canberra’s Children: the first 1000 days strategy; the ACT Government’s approach to working in partnership with the community to shift toward commissioning and early support within the community sector; and emerging practice in working with people with lived experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of services.

In addition, the ACT Government has seen an increased use of codesign and partnerships with the community, including the commencement of the Safe and Connected Youth (SACY) pilot program in October 2019. SACY delivers an outreach program to support children and young people aged 8‑15 years who are at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness due to family conflict. The pilot program was initiated in partnership between the ACT Government, the Youth Coalition of the ACT and the Rotary Club of Canberra.


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