15 August 2013

Joy Burch claims progress on child protection

| johnboy
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Minister for Children Joy Burch has announced she’s got a crucial box tick in the review of the ACT’s Care and Protection Services:

A 12-month independent review of the ACT’s Care and Protection Services has been completed with the final quarterly report providing a strong endorsement of progress made, Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch said today.

The Milestone Review Panel was established following a review of Care and Protection Services by the Public Advocate in May 2012, one of the recommendations from which was the establishment of the panel.

In its final report the panel noted it was “pleasing to report” that 10 of the 19 projects it was monitoring had been completed with a further six due to finish by December 2013. The complexity of the remaining three projects meant work on these would continue into 2014-15.

Ms Burch thanked the panel for its work over the past 12 months.

“Their advice and input into an extensive range of initiatives – both already established and new ones – has combined with our own processes to address a range of issues and I thank them for this work.”

“Among the projects completed is a comprehensive package of support for kinship carers, an expansion of the case conferencing model to intercept issues involving children or young people earlier in their life cycle, and the development of cultural care plans.”

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