Outsourcing vulnerable children to be investigated

johnboy 14 September 2011

In what looks like a serious development Joy Burch has announced an investigation into Care and Protection Services and their engagement of placement services for children in the care of the Territory.

Ms Burch said the Directorate only recently notified her of the potential breach of the Act, and as a result Ms Burch has ordered an immediate review of the episode, and of other residential placements to ensure compliance with the Act.

“I would find it totally unacceptable if there has been a breach of the Act, and I have acted promptly to determine how and why compliance appears to have been less than satisfactory,” Ms Burch said.

“I have asked the Director-General to commission an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the engagement and subsequent suspension of this particular service.

“In addition, I have instructed the Director-General to arrange for an independent review of all placements of children currently in the care of the Director-General, to ensure that the Care and Protection Services are complying with the Act across all placements.”

The provider had, until August, been engaged intermittently over 15 months by Care and Protection for transport and supervised contact services. Those services are not the subject of the potential breach.

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