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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 37 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 May 2017 by Hon Nick Goiran

Question Directed to the: Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection
Minister responding: Hon S.F. McGurk
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the article, At-risk child ‘turned away’ from hospital, published in the Kalgoorlie Miner on Saturday 29 April 2017, which details the case of a child being sent home from Kalgoorlie Health Service after openly admitting to attempt suicide, and I ask:

(a) was the Department of Child Protection notified of this incident;
(b) if yes to (a), when; and
(c) if yes to (a), what steps were taken by the department following notification?
Answered on 28 June 2017

(a) The Department for Child Protection and Family Support (the Department) did not receive a notification of the incident.

It is not a requirement for the Department to receive notifications from a health service if a child presents as suicidal and/or with mental health concerns, unless there are child protection concerns or the child is in care. This child is not in care.

(b-c) Not applicable.