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Question Without Notice No. 263 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 2 April 2019

JUVENILE OFFENDERS — MONITORING

263. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the minister's answer to my question without notice 216 on 20 March 2019, in which the minister informed the house that 60 reportable offenders under the age of 18 are currently being monitored by the WA Police Force.

How many of the 60 reportable offenders being monitored by WA police are attending high school?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

The Western Australia Police Force advises that 35 reportable offenders under the age of 18 are attending high school. This figure may vary because there is no reporting obligation to advise police when they cease attending high school. As the Minister for Education and Training informed the house on 12 February 2019, when a young person is charged or convicted with a sexual offence and attends a public school, every case is monitored, assessed and managed between the Department of Education, the WA Police Force and the Department of Communities. These assessments are based on what is best for the school community. This responsibility is not taken lightly.