Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Age of Criminal Responsibility

In reply to the Hon. R.A. SIMMS ().17 November 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Human Services has advised:

The Department of Human Services continues to implement a range of measures to improve outcomes for children and young people at Kurlana Tapa. Some of these measures include:

Improving feedback and complaints processes to increase children and young people's access to mechanisms to raise complaints and to improve resolution of complaints.

Rolling out staff body-worn video cameras to improve child safety and staff transparency and accountability.

Improving the collection, analysis, sharing and reporting of data and information about children and young people in custody.

Delivering a capital works program that includes a 12-bed accommodation unit to better support children with complex needs, expanding the education and visitor centre spaces and an eight-bed police custody unit.

Introducing the Enhanced Support Team, a team of allied health professionals who support Kurlana Tapa youth workers to therapeutically respond to children and young people displaying complex behaviours.

Implementing the Child Diversion Program to divert Aboriginal children and young people from entering custodial youth justice.