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Question Without Notice No. 1239 asked in the Legislative Council on 24 October 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CHILDREN IN CARE — ADVOCATE

1239. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to the minister's response to my question on notice 2480 regarding the more than threefold increase in the number of children self-referring to the Advocate for Children in Care, from 112 in 2017 to 372 in 2018, which the minister states is a result of the rollout of a computer-mediated self-interviewing program.

(1) Is the minister referring to the Viewpoint program?

(2) If no to (1), what program is the minister referring to?

(3) On what date did the computer-mediated self-interviewing program first become operational?

(4) Further to (3), on what date was the program linked to the client management database?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1) Yes.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The Viewpoint program was first introduced in 2012.

(4) The Viewpoint program and client management databases were linked in October 2018. In 2017, the Department of Communities made Viewpoint participation a critical priority for all districts across the state.