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(2) How many children or young people have been removed from their families where one or more parents have a mental health condition in the past 2 financial or calendar years and (a) of these children, how many are on temporary or short term orders and (b) how many are on long term or permanent orders.

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

(1) Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS) does not hold robust data regarding the number of parents with disability or mental health conditions involved in the ACT child protection system. Such data would require manual extraction through case by case analysis, however any information of this nature that CYPS collects is voluntary and self-reported, and therefore limited. As the new Client Management System is built, CYPS is exploring how to improve the collection of data in relation to parents with disability involved in the child protection system.

(2) Please refer to Question (1).

Health—Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre
(Question No 1927)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 26 October 2018:

(1) Did the opening of six new beds at the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre (the Centre) in 2015 mean the facility was at capacity; if so, does the Centre have enough capacity to meet the current needs of the Canberra and region community.

(2) How many (a) beds are currently available at the Centre, (b) admissions does the Centre take each year, (c) admissions are requested each year, (d) people are currently on the waitlist for admission to the Centre and (e) people have been on the waitlist at peak demand periods since July 2015.

(3) Are all admissions to the Centre publically funded.

(4) What is the highest number of people who have been on the waitlist since July 2015 and can the Minister provide figures for each reporting period, and (a) what is the frequency of reporting of this information and (b) is there a seasonal pattern of demand for admissions to the Centre.

(5) How long does it take from being placed on the waitlist to being admitted to the Centre on average, and can the Minister provide mean and median figures.

(6) What is the longest period someone has been on the waitlist for.

(7) Has anyone’s waitlist place been removed because the issues for which they are seeking admission are no longer relevant (given that sleep and feeding needs change quickly in the early months and years of infanthood).

(8) Does the Centre need to be extended or relocated.

(9) Are there currently any plans or sites identified to extend or relocate the Centre.

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