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2. The Child and Family Centres provide a suite of early interventions services and programs for parents and families in the ACT; this includes services available to grandparent carers. Services include case management, parenting supports, behavioural clinics, and early intervention for mental health concerns. The Child and Family Centres offer programs specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural families. The service model includes the co-location of services, such as Maternal and Child Health Services and ACT Playgroups.

Specific to Out of Home Care, many kinship carers in the ACT are grandparents. Child and Youth Protection Services provide intensive case management, subsidies and therapeutic supports for the children in their care.

3. Under the ACT Government’s new Out of Home Care Strategy, A Step Up for Our Kids - One Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference an Advocacy Support Service for kinship and foster carers will be established to provide independent support and advice to assist them in their caring role. Establishment is expected in early 2016.

ACT Playgroups is funded under the Children’s Services Program to deliver playgroup activities to the Canberra community. Playgroups for grandparent carers are not currently identified by ACT Playgroups as an unmet need.

The Community Services Directorate, via the Child and Family Centre webpage, maintains an online listing of Paint and Play playgroups across Canberra and provides links to ACT Playgroups.

1 Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2014, ABS.

(Question No 561)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 19 November 2015:

(1) How many people over the age of 65 are still working in the ACT.

(2) How is the Government increasing the rates of mature age employment.

(3) Are there currently any Government subsidised education/training programs to upskill mature age workers; if so, what are the (a) costs of the programs/initiatives and (b) performance measures for each program/initiative.

(4) What changes have been made to programs and funding levels for 2015-2016 compared to 2014-2015.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The total number of people employed in the ACT who are over 65 is 5,700, consisting of 2,800 full time workers and 2,900 part time workers.

Source: ABS Cat. No. 6291.0.55.001, Detailed Labour Force, 19 November 2015.

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