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Question Without Notice No. 865 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 August 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 20 August 2019

FOSTER CARERS

865. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to recent reports from foster carers of a toxic culture within the department.

(1) Is the minister aware of these concerns from foster carer advocacy group Foster Families South West and advocacy agency Foster Care Association of WA?

(2) Will the minister table the two most recent briefing notes received by the minister regarding these concerns?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) I am aware of the concerns raised by these groups and take them very seriously. The briefing notes the member has requested identify individual foster carers and I am seeking legal advice with regard to tabling them.