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30 June 2016


% of population

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander









*Please note:

Children on Child Protection Orders may be living at home and not in Out of Home Care, therefore the total number of children and young people on care and protection orders is often higher than the number of children and young people in out of home care.

(8) As at 12 December 2016, there were 105 frontline caseworkers employed by Child and Youth Protection Services.

The average turnover rate of permanent staff in 2016 was approximately two per month, however there is continuing recruitment of HP1, HP2 and HP3 case management staff. Nearly half the staff separations in 2016 were to the Out of Home Care sector or other government directorates.

(9) Practice in Child and Youth Protection Services is child centred and family focused. While in general, siblings are likely to be case managed by the same worker there will be exceptions: for example, with step siblings who may or may not live together or have not lived together in the past. The needs of each child are considered separately and planning will reflect their individual circumstances, kinship networks, history and wishes.

Children and young people—foster care
(Question No 61)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, upon notice, on 16 December 2016:

(1) How many foster carers are registered in the ACT.

(2) How many enquiries did the ACT Government receive in 2015-16 expressing interest in being a foster carer.

(3) What are the different payments that the ACT Government provides to foster carers and (a) how much is each of these payments, (b) under what circumstances might the payments vary and (c) what other support is provided to foster carers.

(4) How many complaints from foster carers did the ACT Government receive in 2015-16 regarding ACT Government processes or issues with out-of-home care.

(5) Out of all the children in foster care in the ACT, how many of them are on enduring parental responsibility orders.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As at 30 June 2016, there were 347 carer households. There may be more than one carer in each household and more than one child or young person in care in each household. The majority of carers in the ACT are kinship carers.

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