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Agreements. The Department’s contract managers will provide assistance to any organisation that identifies this as an issue and requires assistance in developing proactive strategies to address this risk.

(5) The Service Delivery Framework for the youth and family support program aligns with each of the other pieces of work referred to through the key principles that underpin it and through its focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable young people. The Framework has been developed to be flexible and responsive to the changing service environment, emerging evidence base and needs within the target population. By adopting an outcomes based funding arrangement the services funded through the Framework will have the capacity to be flexible and responsive in keeping with changes to the Framework. Work is occurring to ensure that the Framework is aligned with related projects impacting on the same target population. As the identified projects are progressed or recommendations are known, services funded through the Framework and the Framework itself will be reviewed to determine how they can contribute to the achievement of recommendations and/or policy directions.

The Framework has been informed by the consultations held with young people in the development of the ACT Young People’s Plan 2009-2014. It has adopted the term ‘vulnerable’ and moved away from ‘risk’ as requested by the young people. It incorporates a focus on their being assisted at key transitional points, including their transition to independent living, from care and accessing the adult services system. It provides an increased focus on providing supports to their families as well as the young person and seeks to improve accessibility through a central contact point, and extended and flexible hours of service.

(6) No, the Framework does not totally exclude 18-25 year olds.

(7) The Framework is focussed on achieving the best outcomes for the most vulnerable young people in the ACT. It does not support one theoretical practice framework over another nor dictate the employment of people with specific qualifications. The only service activities that can only be provided by staff with specified professional qualifications where youth work alone would not be sufficient is ‘Therapeutic Services’ and the inclusion of additional qualifications post the release of the draft was in response to requests from the youth sector. Based on the complexity of needs of the target group and range of services required under the Framework, it would be expected that the staff employed to provide these services will come from a range of both professional and experiential backgrounds as currently exists within the Youth Services Program and the Family Support Program.

(8) The ACT Government is committed to providing high quality services to vulnerable and in need young people in the ACT community, either directly or through our community partners. The Service Delivery Framework for services funded through the Youth and Family Support Program is one example of this and seeks to achieve best practice when working with young people that is consistent with best practice in Youth Work Practice, including through the employment of Youth Workers.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—detainee payments
(Question No 1614)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 7 April 2011:

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