Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 11 May 2017) . . Page.. 1711 ..
Mr Gentleman presented the following paper:
Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme—Update on the ACT Government response—Quarterly report—1 January to 31 March 2017.
Children and Young People Death Review Committee—annual report
Paper and statement by minister
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (3.49): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Children and Young People Act, pursuant to subsection 727S(5)—ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee—Annual Report 2016 covering the period July 2015 to December 2016, dated 30 April 2017.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: The ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee annual report provides the community with information each year on the deaths of children and young people that occur in the ACT, as well as those deaths of ACT children and young people that occur outside the territory. This annual report actually covers the period from July 2015 to December 2016, reflecting a change in annual reporting from financial year to calendar year.
The committee, which was established in 2011, has a number of functions, including maintaining a register of deaths of children and young people in the ACT, identifying patterns and trends in relation to the deaths of children and young people, and determining research that would be valuable in this area. The role of the committee is not to apportion blame but to identify what may be learnt from the circumstances of a child or young person’s death.
The committee is able to make recommendations about legislation, policies, practices and services for implementation by government and non-government bodies, with the aim of preventing avoidable deaths, reducing the number of deaths of children and young people in the ACT and improving services. As set out in this annual report, during the previous 18 months this has included undertaking a range of activities, including submissions to the review into the system level responses to family violence in the act, the inquiry into youth suicide and self-harm in the ACT, and the consultation on information sharing to improve the response to family violence in the ACT.