Annual Report 2008/2009 Children's Commissioner of the Northern Territory
Tabled paper 627
Tabled papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
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Page 56 Recommendation 18 - Operational Responsibility NTFC Recommendation NTG Response Progress Outcome That FACS explore the possibility of providing feedback on the progress and outcome of investigations to key service providers and notifiers, with a view to increasing communication and effective partnerships between FACS, Police and professional notifiers in particular. The NTG will review the current information sharing structures and remove any impediments preventing agencies responding effectively to child sexual abuse by December 2007 including through legislative amendments if necessary. This includes provision of confidential feedback to key service providers and notifiers. NTFC reports that it has enhanced internal processes, including changes to the Community Care Information System, to ensure more effective feedback to notifiers. There does not appear to have been a formal review of information sharing structures but the new Act does require that some level of feedback is provided to notifiers. The new NT Care and Protection Policy and Procedures Manual for the administration of the Act contain specific instructions for the provision of feedback to notifiers. From a small sample of cases, it does appear that feedback on the outcome of notifications is now being routinely provided. Note: This issue is also reviewed in the Commissioners report on monitoring the administration of the Act. Largely met
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