Corrective Services

CHILDREN IN CARE — BANKSIA HILL DETENTION CENTRE

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [6.22 pm]: I rise because I want to make some comments about the case that was reported last week and over the last few days of the 10-year-old child in the care of the Department of Communities who came before the Children’s Court. I note that Child Protection had no placement options available for this child and appeared resigned to the court sending him to Banksia Hill Detention Centre. I do not know whether any other members have been to Banksia Hill Detention Centre; I have, most recently about six months ago.

CHILD PROTECTION — YOUNG PEOPLE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE — CRIMINALISATION

2123. Hon Alison Xamon to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services:

I refer to research from New South Wales regarding the criminalisation of young people in residential care, and I ask:

(a)  how many young people are currently in out of home residential care in Western Australia;

(b)  will the Minister please advise the ages of the young people currently in residential care;

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