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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2459 ..




Kaleen Youth Shelter

MS TUCKER - asked the Minister for Housing and Family Services on notice on 19 June 1996:

In relation to the management of the Kaleen Youth Shelter since it was taken over by the Richmond Fellowship -

(1) What educational and recreational programs have been offered to residents by Kaleen Youth Shelter management.

(2) Are all residents

(a) offered the opportunity of utilising these programs;

(b) if not, why not;

(c) how many programs per week do they participate in on average; and

(d) what do residents do when not at programs.

(3) How many staff are available per resident at Kaleen Youth Shelter.

(4) How many young people have been sent to youth refuges with recognised mental health problems and/or intellectual disabilities in the past 12 months.

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

Richmond Fellowship assumed responsibility for Marlow Cottage (previously known as Kaleen Youth Shelter) on 10 November 1995. Its status as a shelter according to the Children's Services Act 1986 has continued.

(1) The Richmond Fellowship Day Program has been offered to all residents of Marlow Cottage and Outreach House. (A residential substitute care program for 6 adolescent clients of Family Services operated by Richmond Fellowship).

(2) (a) all residents who are not attending school or other training programs are encouraged to attend the Richmond Fellowship Day Program;

(b) see (a) above;

(c) On average, 14 different activities over a 5 day week;

(d) If a participant's behaviour is such that they disrupt other attendees, alternative arrangements are made, for example, work experience at the RSPCA, or attendance at another program, such as one of those offered by YWCA.

(3) The staff ratio is three residents of Marlow Cottage to 1 worker. If circumstances warrant, this is increased at short notice.

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