That the Standing Committee on Social Issues inquire into and report on the
following aspects of the Department of Community Services:
the adequacy of systems to receive, investigate and assess reports of children
and young people at risk of harm,
the ability of systems to receive and respond to requests for assistance
concerning children, young people and families,
the availability of appropriate out of home care placements for children and
outcomes for children and young people in out of home care.
In respect to matters (a)-(d) above, the Committee is to examine:
the training and morale of DOCS employees,
the adequacy of resources allocated for child and family services,
the role of research and consultation.
That the Committee table an interim report by 26 September 2002 and a final
report by 5 December 2002.
These terms of reference were referred to the Committee by the Legislative
Council on the motion of the Hon Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans on 10 April 2002