Annual Report 2016-2017 Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory
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Summary - Care Plan Review The 2016-17 care plan review considered a sample of 98 children in the care of the CEO of Territory Families. A large proportion of unknown determinations were made with respect of carers and parents receiving a copy of their care plan and in consultation of family in developing the care plan. The results of the care plan review showed a 12 per cent decrease in the sample children who had a care plan. As mentioned, this may be attributed to increased robustness of the review criteria relating to care plan authorisation of the 18 children determined not to have a care plan, with the other 9 children having no care plan drafted within the review period. The results are concerning. To ensure a prompt response for the 18 children found not to have a care plan, the Commissioner brought their circumstances to the immediate attention of the CEO of Territory Families. The Commissioner is satisfied with the action taken to date by the CEO to address this and will continue to monitor Territory Families progress in this area over the next 12 months. decrease in the sample children who had a care plan from 2015-16 12% 83OFFICE OF THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER NORTHERN TERRITORY ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17