Following this morning’s surprise announcement that an investigation into the placing of children into care in the ACT was both needed and now underway, the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne has weighed in with some back story:
“I wrote to Joy Burch raising serious concerns with her Directorate?s dealings with a service provider, which were a possible breach of the Children and Young People Act,” Mrs Dunne said.
“I was concerned that the Community Services Directorate had asked a service provider to undertake emergency residential care for children despite the fact they hadn?t provided this service before and did not appear to be a „suitable entity? in under Section 63 of the Act.
“This whole issue has been caused by the administrative and process failures of the Minister?s Directorate.
“Instead of responding to my letter, Joy Burch attempted to diffuse this damaging situation via press release.
You can view Ms Dunne’s correspondence: