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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 (Hansard) 16 May) . . Page.. 1434 ..




Children with Disabilities - Outside School Hours Programs

MS McRAE - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 16 April 1996:

(1) How many children with disabilities in the ACT access Commonwealth funded integration services have been integrated into appropriate after school hours programs.

(2) What sort of support have they received.

(3) How many hours of support have they been given.

(4) What happens to children who cannot be integrated.

MR STEFANIAK - the answer to Ms McRae's question is:

(1) As the ACT Government does not administer the funding for integration support to after school hours programs, the statistical information requested is not available to me.

(2) The Commonwealth funded integration teams provide support workers to assist outside school hours care services integrate children with disabilities into funded outside school hours care services. Generally services only receive additional support and staff training during an initial settling in period. Some integration teams are also able to offer services access to an equipment resource library.

(3) See (1) above.

(4) Children with disabilities are able to be integrated into outside school hours care programs provided that the child's needs can be met and licence standards maintained without compromising the service's duty of care to all children in the program. A child with very high additional needs may not be able to be placed in an outside school hours care program without additional staffing or changes to the physical environment.

This gap in services for children with high support needs has been identified as an important issue in the child care reform agenda of the Australian Council of Australian Governments and will be addressed in this process.

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