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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4128 ..

Advice through newsletters and staff meetings;

Referral to appropriate agencies, for example Child and Mental Health Services and the Recovery Centre;

Services provided by the Bushfire Recovery Centre;

Strong support from a range of departmental staff;

Senior counsellors continue to monitor and support schools as needed.

Schools are providing counselling services to all students who need or are referred for continued support, by parents, teachers, or the student themselves. The support is individually tailored to the student and their family's needs. Complex and ongoing cases are referred to CAMHS or to the Recovery Centre.

Stromlo High School was the only school that requested additional funding to employ a student welfare teacher, known to the students, to provide additional support of a counselling nature. This funding was provided by the department at a cost of approximately $6000. These costs have been accommodated within the education budget.

All costs have been accommodated within the existing education budget with no financial impact on services in other areas of schooling.

RecLINK program

(Question No 983)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 25 September 2003:

In relation to the RecLINK Program:

How many young people are currently involved in the RecLINK program;

How many of the participants are (a) Indigenous and (b) from linguistically diverse backgrounds;

What activities are undertaken as part of this program;

How long are the youths involved in the program;

Are youth in this program assessed to discover if RecLINK is having a positive impact on their development. If so, what sort of assessment is undertaken, if not , why not;

What percentage of youths involved in the program have improved themselves through RecLINK;

How much of the $231,000 allocated to this program this financial year has been expended to date, what is the breakdown of expenditure and what has been delivered for that expenditure.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's questions 1-7 is:

Payments for the RecLINK program are made by the ACT Government to the Canberra Police and Citizen's Youth Club in accordance with the contractual provisions. The contract stipulates that the contract is paid in advance in four equal instalments within ten working

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