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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3311 ..

Advancing the wellbeing of children and families in the ACT requires collective effort across a whole-of-community response. To advance this goal, in early 2021 the government and over 40 community organisations came together at a children and families forum to jointly progress a system-wide reform agenda, taking lessons and insights from past and existing reviews, engagements and reforms.

The forum developed shared principles and explored potential new structures, mechanisms and opportunities for the community sector and government to work differently together towards better outcomes for children and families. The ACT government remains committed to progressing ambitious and transformative reforms to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and their families and to work alongside community partners and families to achieve this.

These reforms have and will include changes across statutory and non-statutory services, such as embedding early family support, implementing child safe standards across all services and supporting the delivery of the children and young people core area in the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-28, implementation of the recommendations of the Our Booris, Our Way review and through the development of the next iteration of A Step Up for Our Kids, the ACT’s out-of-home-care strategy.

Such reforms will contribute to building a child protection system that is restorative, contemporary and underpinned by transparent and inclusive decision-making. Every child deserves to be safe in their home, and we remain committed to doing what we can to ensure children and young people have every opportunity to live happy and full lives. I present the following papers:

Coroner’s report into the death of Bradyn Dillon—Government response, dated November 2021.

Coroner’s finding into the death of Bradyn Stuart Dillon—Government response—Ministerial statement, 11 November 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (10.50): I thank the minister for her statement on the coroner’s report into the death of Bradyn Dillon. I really appreciate the update. However, I do have some concern about the statement. The coroner’s findings into Bradyn Dillon’s death by the hand of his father are quite significant, with 17 recommendations. We have just heard the minister say that the government agrees in principle to 16 of them, and one is noted.

Because of the significance of the event, I would like to read out the 17 recommendations. It is really important for all of us, as well as Bradyn Dillon’s mum and his extended family, to know which one of those recommendations has been noted, and the reason why.

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