Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 August 2017) . . Page.. 2683 ..
I have remarked before that school staff so often have a special relationship with our children. Sometimes they know more about our children than we do ourselves. This is the case because of just how deeply they care about their work and our children. I am sure we can all agree that this deserves great respect from us all.
The job of school staff is to educate and facilitate learning. Occupational violence is not “part of the job” and respecting school staff means that all of us are responsible for challenging that mindset and changing the culture. In this way the community should also demonstrate leadership. Our behaviour is a model for that of our children, and the standard that we set must be one of no tolerance for occupational violence, or violence at all.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staffing
MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, I have received notification that detainees at Bimberi are again being confined to their rooms because of staff shortages. On a usual day, at what time of the morning are detainees allowed out of their rooms after the overnight lockdown period?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Kikkert for her question. I have been advised that on a normal day the average time that young people leave their cabins is around 8.30. However, this can change for a range of operational reasons, for example, if staff have to meet together in the morning, as I am advised they do at least one day a week, to plan and to assess the young people, and what they are going to do with them for a period of time.
Also, if young people are to go to court that day or are to be released that day, they may be kept in their cabins for longer. While there is a relatively standard time, this is dependent on operational requirements.
MRS KIKKERT: At what time were detainees allowed out of their rooms on Saturday 29 July and on Monday 31 July?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Kikkert for her supplementary question but I will have to take that one on notice.
MS LEE: Minister, between 6 am and 10 pm on Saturday, 29 July how many senior managers were working at Bimberi and how many of them were filling in for other staff?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Lee for her supplementary question. Again, given the level of detail in that question I will take it on notice.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—complaints
MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, I refer to your comment on 3 August that it was true that you had sought out