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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 936 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 November 2021 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

CHILD PROTECTION — REGISTERED CARERS

936. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to the answer to my question without notice 852 in which the parliamentary secretary informed the house —

All child protection workers who take children home are screened to work with vulnerable children via the Department of Communities' screening processes, in addition to them holding a working with children check.

(1) On how many occasions last month did a child protection worker take a child home or look after them in a hotel or similar accommodation?

(2) When was the last occasion the minister was briefed about this practice that the director general described to the Standing Committee on Estimates and Financial Operations as ''not something that we encourage''?

Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:

I thank the member for some notice of the question and provide the following answer on behalf of the Minister for Child Protection.

(1) This information is not recorded centrally and would require manually reviewing all individual case files for each interaction. Gathering this data would require significant resources.

(2) The minister regularly meets with the director general of the Department of Communities.