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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3312 ..


Recommendation 1 is for CYPS to have a renewed training initiative, with a focus on strengthening the understanding and application of risk assessment, including cumulative harm, strengthening the understanding and application of legislative thresholds in informing decision-making, strengthening the understanding of forensic interviewing of children and parents, and the role of supervision to include provision of improved quality assurance of decision-making and administrative functions.

Recommendation 2 is to continue funding for the induction training package for new frontline workers. Recommendation 3 relates to funding and investment in training frontline managers and team leaders to develop and strengthen skills in risk analysis and quality assurance. Recommendation 4 is to consider legislative changes in relation to the definition of how a child concern report is defined from a core defined model to an intake defined model.

Recommendation 5 relates to funding a greater number of staff at the intake level of CYPS. Recommendation 6 is for funding to be provided to junior staff in intake to develop and enhance their skills in frontline work, which includes risk assessment and cumulative harm. Recommendation 7 is to consider the establishment of an intake consultation for complex cases.

Recommendation 8 is to continue funding for the case analysis team, with a view to increasing staff numbers. Recommendation 9 involves funding to engage a team of trainers in relation to providing mandatory reporters with skills to identify matters which require reporting to CYPS and those which could be referred to appropriate community organisations. Recommendation 10 is to consider legislative changes to include that mandatory reporters are advised of the outcome of the reports.

Recommendation 11 relates to the Education Directorate and is to adopt a formal process to require parents to advise the school where a child is being unenrolled to give details of where the child will be enrolled or home schooled. Further, where a child who is the subject of CYPS involvement has been unenrolled, CYPS is to be alerted if a child has been unenrolled and the name of the school where they will be enrolled, or the address for home schooling. Also that the Education Directorate will be obliged to contact the new school to confirm enrolment, and if enrolment is not confirmed, the Education Directorate must make a mandatory report to CYPS of that fact. Finally, that child tracking in the ACT be made mandatory for all schools.

Recommendation 12 is to adopt and implement the national schools reform agreement unique student identifier, USI, for the purposes of having a national information exchange scheme. Recommendation 13 is to participate in the management of the interjurisdictional data transfer scheme project through the Education Council of Australia. Recommendation 14 is to expand the usage of the Connect 4 Safety federal initiative to incorporate a health service provider component. Recommendation 15 is to continue to evolve the relationships between CYPS, ACT Education, SACAT, DVCS and other community organisations through the use of liaison officers.

Recommendation 16 is to enhance information sharing between CYPS and ACT Education in relation to real-time enrolment data and identification of children at risk, in conjunction with the proposal for mandatory child tracking. Finally,


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