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A Therapeutic Approach (Pilot Court) for Protection and Care in the Children's Court of WA - Discussion Paper

Interest in a more therapeutic approach towards protection and care proceedings has been developing for some time in Western Australia and continues to be an ongoing topic of discussion between the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Department of Communities (DoC).

The idea of a therapeutic court was further strengthened in 2018, when the Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services, Hon Simone McGurk MLA and a staff member from the Attorney General’s Office visited the Koori Court (protection and care jurisdiction) at Broadmeadows Children’s Court in Victoria. This visit was followed by the President of the Children’s Court, Her Hon. Judge Julie Wager.

This Discussion Paper has been kept as short and as simple as possible, noting that it will be distributed to stakeholders with considerable expertise and experience in the protection and care field.

The Discussion Paper provides basic background information and context about some of the significant issues that have been identified for consideration and asks questions about potential courses of action and strategies that may assist the DoJ in partnership with key stakeholders to move towards a more therapeutic approach to protection and care proceedings, with the possibility of a pilot program.

Stakeholders, interested persons or organisations are therefore invited to make written submissions in response to the questions raised and any other considerations they believe may be relevant to this Discussion Paper.

The closing date for submissions is Monday, 16 March 2020.

Submissions can be emailed to SBDAdmin@justice.wa.gov.au or alternatively hard copies can be addressed to:

Strategic and Business Development
Court and Tribunal Services
Department of Justice
GPO Box F317
PERTH WA 6841

Last updated: 3-Feb-2020

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