Respond to the recommendations in this report as follows
Collocate the Children’s Commissioner, Guardian for Children and Young People, Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee and the Child Development Committee, and make arrangements for the sharing of some administrative functions.
Require senior leaders from government and non-government agencies that have responsibilities for the health, safety and wellbeing of children to meet at least quarterly to identify strategic measures to promote interagency collaboration and information sharing.
Amend the Children’s Protection Act 1993:
- to permit and, in appropriate cases, require the sharing of information between prescribed government and non-government agencies that have responsibilities for the health, safety or wellbeing of children where it would promote those issues
- to require prescribed government and non-government agencies to take reasonable steps to coordinate decision making and the delivery of services for children.
Establish a real-time monitoring system which ensures that changes in screened individuals’ circumstances are communicated to the screening authority, that clearances are reviewed, and that changes are reflected in the register, and communicated to employers.
Collaborate with the Courts Administration Authority to improve access to justice for children in need of care in regional areas, including providing appropriate technology with respect to hearings in remote locations.
Provide secure, long-term funding for playgroups in remote Aboriginal communities, administered by a single agency.
Ensure that at least one principal Aboriginal consultant has experience and expertise in remote Aboriginal communities, including in the APY Lands.
Require the agency to report to the minister and the Guardian for Children and Young People quarterly on service criteria 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124, which form part of standard 3.1.4 of the Standards of Alternative Care in South Australia.
Adopt a culturally appropriate assessment tool, such as Winangay, for the assessment of foster parents and kinship carers in the Aboriginal community, initially in remote communities, and more widely if the tool proves promising.