The West Australian : 2019-06-12

NEWS : 20 : 20


NEWS 20 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Michelle Andrews Simone McGurk Department of Communitie­s director-general Child Protection Minister EXCLUSIVE can include hotels, motels and caravan parks if appropriat­e for the young person,” Ms McGurk said. Child protection authoritie­s faced criticism this week over revelation­s that two foster kids were languishin­g at Banksia Hill Detention Centre. A Department of Justice spokeswoma­n told The West Australian last night the two wards of the state, aged in their mid-to-late teens, were held at the facility despite receiving bail and had since been released. She said that a young person under the care of the Department of Communitie­s who has received bail could be held at the detention centre until their bail conditions were met, which included suitable housing. where were. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk also refused to clarify how many times her department had used hotels, motels and caravan parks to house foster kids or where, saying the informatio­n was not held centrally. She said decisions about using alternativ­e accommodat­ion were made by senior management at a district level and that the informatio­n was stored there. “The type of alternativ­e accommodat­ion used is dependent on the facilities available in the local area and they EMILY MOULTON Children who have been removed from their families are staying in hotels, motels and caravan parks instead of out-of-home-care homes because resources are so stretched there’s simply no room, The West Australian has learnt. The revelation comes as more details emerge about two wards of the state who were being kept at the State’s only juvenile jail because of a lack of suitable accommodat­ion. Department of Communitie­s assistant director Rachael Green told The West Australian the use of alternativ­e accommodat­ion to house foster kids was not common and was only used after a full risk assessment. She said in most cases it was only for a night and the child was accompanie­d by a department staff member, but she would not reveal how many times the department had used these alternativ­e places of accommodat­ion or End of Financial Year Sale OSBORNE CERAMIC TILE WAREHOUSE OCTW FLOOR TILES MASSIVE CLEARANCE OF ITALIAN & SPANISH WALL TILES $15.00SQM VARIOUS JOB LOTS FROM $15.00SQM FROM $14.00SQM FROM $10.00SQM FROM $16.50SQM 300 X 600MM 300 X 300MM 400 X 400MM 600 X 600MM FROM $10SQM OR LESS WITH LARGE QUANTITIES FROM VIEW OUR EXTENSIVE RANGE IN STORE SORRY NO RAINCHECKS 49 King Edward Rd, Osborne Park | 9446 8400 | Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, Saturday 8am - 3pm Ph Open FIND US ON 19W3855119-9_15/5

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