Page 1997 - Week 05 - Thursday, 5 May 2011

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(1) In relation to the Youth and Family Service and Delivery Framework, what plan is being developed to address the gap in service that will develop upon introduction of the framework for young people aged 12 to 25 who are at risk.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the community managed Central Intake Service funded for $2.68 million will be located with the Department Disability, Housing and Community Services at 11 Moore Street.

(3) What other community managed services are located at 11 Moore Street.

(4) What strategies has the Minister put in place to assist services who may not be able to retain staff during the extension of Service Funding Agreements until 2012.

(5) How does this framework link with the (a) Young People’s Plan 2009-2014, (b) Modernising Youth Housing and Homelessness Services in the ACT, (c) Towards a Diversionary Framework- Discussion Paper, (d) the outcomes of the internal Bimberi Review project and (e) Human Rights Commission Review of the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and broader youth justice system.

(6) Does this framework totally exclude 18 to 25 year olds, yet the ACT Young People’s Plan guarantees their right to support services; if so, how will this gap in service delivery be managed.

(7) Considering the ongoing overseas recruitment of care and protection staff, is the Minister concerned that this framework based on rejecting youth work practice and replacing it with social work practice will be problematic due to a shortage of social workers.

(8) What is the Minister’s commitment that youth workers and youth work practice, practice that is recognised nationally and internationally, will continue to be recognised, purchased and supported in the ACT.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The procurement of youth and family support services has not been finalised. The Youth and Family Support Program represents a small percentage of services available to 18 to 25 year olds in the ACT community who are vulnerable and in need. Any gaps or duplication in the continuum of services available to this age group will continue to be identified, prioritised and an appropriate response formed within the context of a whole of Government (Australian and ACT) and community shared responsibility.

(2) There are no current plans to locate the Information, Engagement and Referral Service at 11 Moore Street. The location of the centralised Information, Engagement and Coordination Service will be determined in negotiations with the preferred provider identified through the current procurement activity.

(3) No community organisations, or the services they provide, are located at 11 Moore Street, Canberra.

(4) With respect for the independence of community organisations as required through The Social Compact, the Government has not developed strategies for the retention of staff in community organisations for the extension of current Service Funding

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