Child Protection

CHILD PROTECTION — CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION SYSTEM

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [5.26 pm]: I rise tonight to raise my concerns, which I am sure all members share, about our responsibility as a community to ensure that we do everything we can to protect children from harm. I specifically want to speak tonight about some of the deficiencies in the Western Australia child abuse prevention system, most notably the lack of independent oversight to prevent child abuse in institutional settings; the lack of child advocacy services; and the need to put in place child-friendly complaint systems.

CHILDREN IN CARE — HISTORICAL CARE AND PROTECTION APPLICATIONS

1073. Hon Alison Xamon to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer to the historical practice in Victoria of attaching criminal convictions to children taken into state care, resulting in historical care and protection applications being released at times as part of a person’s criminal history, and I ask:

(a)  are historical records of children’s care and protection applications and orders recorded with any criminal conviction records in Western Australia;

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