CHILDREN IN CARE —
BANKSIA HILL DETENTION CENTRE
600. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing
the Minister for Child Protection:
I refer to reported comments from a
government spokeswoman that when efforts to provide other options to young people are exhausted, young people who are
arrested, on remand or sentenced can be held at Banksia Hill Detention Centre.
(1) Does this include children who
are the responsibility of the Department of Communities?
(2) If yes to (1), how many such
children are currently at Banksia Hill?
(3) Further to
(2), what is the length of stay for the child currently resident for the
longest period of time?
(4) Further to
(3), is the child resident at Banksia Hill because there are no vacancies at
any residential or community care homes in our state?
(5) If no to (4), why is the child
resident at Banksia Hill?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(2) As at 10 June
2019, there are 27 children in the care of the chief executive officer of the
Department of Communities currently in Banksia Hill Detention Centre.
(3) As at 10 June 2019, the longest
length of stay is 605 days.
(5) This is a young person who has