Page 954 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2006

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(8) The Government does not have parental responsibility for each resident of Quamby Youth Detention Centre. Government has a duty of care to all residents of Quamby. The appropriateness of detention and continued orders of detention are matters for the Courts.

(9) All young people who appear before the Court are legally represented. Residents who request to obtain further legal assistance are assisted by Quamby staff to contact their legal representative. In addition, other statutory agencies visiting residents, such as the Official Visitors and the Public Advocate, provide additional advice and advocacy to residents on a range of issues.

(10) Having regard to the young person’s conduct and industry or to special circumstances, Section 127 of the Children and Young People Act 1999 enables the Chief Executive, to reduce the period stated by the Court by not more than one third of the period of the committal.

(11) (a) All residents of Quamby are allocated a case manager who works with Care and Protection Services and other support services to address the identified needs of the resident including issues concerning previous abuse, rehabilitation and restoration to the community. If the young person is currently engaged with Care and Protection Services, the continuity of this intervention is promoted within the custodial setting.

(b) The case management process and the case planning for each resident includes an assessment of their needs and coordination of current and future community interventions to meet these needs. Service provision for young people is also determined by their consent and cooperation to an agreed case plan, unless a specific Court order must be complied with. All Quamby staff are mandated reporters and matters of abuse or neglect are reported to Care and Protection Services for appropriate action.

(c) The integration of service provision to residents is determined through the case management process that includes the views and wishes of the resident and persons with parental responsibility for the resident.

(12) Yes.

(13) The final determination of who visits or contacts a resident of Quamby rests with the Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. The views and wishes of the resident and their parents, the needs of the resident, the safety of the Centre and other relevant information inform the decisions of the Chief Executive.

Yarralumla brickworks
(Question No 910)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) What plans are there to reduce the risk of fire on the site adjacent to the Yarralumla Brickworks following the grass fire on that site;

(2) Are there any development proposals for this site being considered by the ACT Planning and Land Authority.

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