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Select Committee on the Adequacy of Foster Care Assessment Procedures by the Department for Community Development


Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:21 Sep 2005
Tabling date:24 Aug 2006
Deadline for submissions:20 Dec 2005
Date Ended:24 Aug 2006
Committee:Select Committee on the Adequacy of Foster Care Assessment Procedures by the Department for Community Development
House:Legislative Council
Media Statements: 10/21/2005
Important Information:
Terms of Reference:
Select Committee on the Adequacy of Foster Care Assessment Procedures by the Department for Community Development - Establishment (Established September 21 2005)

On the Motion of Hon Robyn McSweeney, as amended, as follows -

(1) That a Select Committee of three Members is appointed to inquire and report into the adequacy of foster care procedures within the Department for Community Development.

(2) The Committee is to inquire and report on -

(a) the circumstances surrounding the 42 cases of abuse of children in care that are alleged to have taken place between April 2004 and September 2005;

(b) the adequacy of screening and assessment of and training and support for all foster carers including new, experienced, relative and family carers;

(c) the adequacy of funding, training, supervision and support of Department for Community Development caseworkers including but not limited to issues of staff turnover, competing priorities and case loads;

(d) the establishment of an independent advocate for children in foster care;

(e) the adequacy of the Department for Community Development procedures and practises in identifying abuse, particularly emotional abuse, in foster care including, but not limited to, relative and family care where there is intra family conflict and foster care where negative attitudes to the family of origin are expressed by the carers; and

(f) any other related matter that the Committee considers relevant.

(3) (a) Standing Orders 329, 330, 331, 337 and 338 and the definition of “evidence” in Standing Order 322 apply to the proceedings of the Committee.

(b) Standing Orders 358 and 361 do not apply. Unless the Committee otherwise orders, evidence will be received in private. Evidence received in private may not be disclosed or published unless that evidence has been reported to the Council or that disclosure or publication has been authorised by the Committee.

(c) The proceedings of the Committee during the hearing of public evidence are open to accredited news media and the public. Committee deliberations will be conducted in closed session.

(4) The Committee is to report by March 28 2006. (Subsequently the Legislative Council extended the reporting deadline to August 24 2006.)


Submission Number Submitting person/organisation
No submissions
Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Council Committee Rooms Ground Floor, 18-32 Parliament Place, West Perth

DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastVideo
10 Nov 200508:15 PMIndependent consultant appointed to conduct an external review of abuse in care casesGwenn Murray
08 Dec 200502:20 PMMember of the publicTony Burgoyne
08 Dec 200503:00 PMAnglicare WAIan Carter
08 Dec 200503:40 PMDjooramindaGlenda Kickett
09 Dec 200509:30 AMFoster Care Association of WA IncMs Fay Alford
09 Dec 200510:10 AMYorganop, Childcare Aboriginal CorporationDawn Wallam
09 Dec 200511:10 AMMercy Family and Community ServicesFrancis Lynch
09 Dec 200511:50 AMWestern Australian Council of Social Service IncLisa Baker
09 Dec 200501:15 PMWANSLEATricia Lee
09 Dec 200502:00 PMCPSU/CSAJo Gaines
09 Dec 200502:50 PMChildren's Youth and Family Agencies AssociationJohn Berger
29 Mar 200610:00 AMMember of the public
10 May 200612:20 PMAdvocate for Children in CareMs Judy Garsed
Videos:
Tabling Comments:The Committee requested that the Legislative Council grant an extension of time within which to report until August 24 2006. The Legislative Council granted the extension.
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Mr John Hancock (Director Operational Policy, Department for Community Development), Ms Judith Anderson (Project Manager, Department for Community Development) on 9 Nov 2005
Evidence by.. Ms Gwenn Murray (Gwenn Murray Consulting) on 10 Nov 2005
Evidence by.. Mr Tony Burgoyne on 8 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Mr Tony Pietropiccolo (Director, Centrecare), Miss Glenda Kickett (Executive Manager, Centrecare Djooraminda) on 8 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Mr Ian Carter (Chief Executive Officer, Anglicare WA), Mr Stephan Lund (Coordinator, Teenshare, Anglicare WA) on 8 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Ms Lisa Baker (Executive Director, Western Australian Council of Social Service) Ms Leigh Sinclair (Senior Policy Officer, Children, Western Australian Council of Social Service) Dr Brenda Clare (Lecturer, University of Western Australia) on 9 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Mr John Berger (Executive Officer, Children's Youth and Family Agencies Association), Mr Paul Everall (Manager, Family Services, Mercy) on 9 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Ms Tricia Lee (Executive Director, Wanslea Family Services) on 9 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Mrs Kathleen Pinkerton (Executive Officer, Yorganop Childcare Aboriginal Corporation), Mr Peter O'Dea (Placement Coordinator, Yorganop Childcare Aboriginal Corporation) on 9 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Mr Francis Lynch (General Manager, Mercy Family and Community Services) on 9 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Ms Joanne Gaines (Branch Assistant Secretary, CPSU/CSA), Mr Ian Gorman (Councillor and Delegate, CPSU, Senior Social Worker CP, Department for Community Development), Mr Stephen Pickup (Delegate CPSU/CSA, Acting Senior Field Officer), Mr Matthew McGerr (Delegate CPSU), Ms Anette Bohm (Delegate CPSU) on 9 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Mrs Fay Alford (President, Foster Care Association of Western Australia Inc) on 9 Dec 2005
Evidence by.. Mr Joseph Goerke (Volunteer Parent Support Social Worker, Gosnells Community Legal Centre) on 29 Mar 2006
Evidence by.. Ms Judith Garsed (Advocate for Children in Care, Department for Community Development) on 10 May 2006