First Territory Families annual report tabled in Parliament
Territory Families’ first annual report was tabled in Parliament yesterday evening by the Minister for Territory Families, the Hon. Dale Wakefield.
The 132-page report provides a detailed overview of the first year of operations of a new agency that has been tasked with taking the broader view of supporting Territorians from childhood through to senior status across the breadth of cultural and demographic landscapes that make up the Territory.
“This is a major milestone for this agency”, said Territory Families CEO Ken Davies.
“This whole-of-life approach to supporting families has created an opportunity to deliver holistic services that will result in positive outcomes across the range of social issues that impact on Territorians and this is reflected within the pages of our first annual review, he said.”
“We have achieved much, and this is the result of all of our staff putting in an enormous effort to initiate, and adapt to, the significant change required to merge sections from five different departments into a single unit.”
Mr Davies nominated a range of changes which had been introduced in the past year, as being key to Territory Families’ new way of doing things:
- re-orienting the focus of youth justice towards supporting young people in making the right choices, and steering them away from coming into contact with the criminal justice system
- new systems that support families earlier to care for their children, to try and reduce the number of children going into care
- working with non-government stakeholders to deliver collaborative solutions and services, particularly in the areas of child protection and youth justice
- major investment to improve our infrastructure, to ensure all young people in our care are suitably accommodated in safe and modern facilities.
Key statistics for 2016-17:
- 22,313 child protection notifications received
- 9,027 child protection investigations finalised
- more children staying in care for longer, but fewer entering out-of-home care.
- Aboriginal children in care risen from 908 in 2015-16 to 938 in 2016-17.
- Out-of-home care
At 30 June 2017:
- 1,049 children in out-of-home care
- 272 foster places of care
- 215 kinship places of care
- one permanent care order was granted during the year.
- Youth Justice
At 30 June 2017:
- 61 young people with a youth diversion case management plan
- the average daily number of young people in detention was 37.
- Territory Families undertook a review of the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme to ensure it continued to achieve its intended purpose of keeping seniors in the Territory. Reform recommendation due to go to Cabinet.
- 19,345 pensioners and carers accessed the scheme.
- Young people: funding was provided for 146 community events for young Territorians
- Multicultural community: funding was provided for 109 multicultural community events.