3,300 Children Under Guardianship of the Minister Relinquished by Parents

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:25): My question again is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. How many of the approximately 3,300 children under the guardianship of the minister were relinquished by their parents?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:25): I will have to get advice. I don't know that figure.

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:25): Supplementary: while you are getting that advice, could you also please find out how many of these were relinquished due to a lack of support given to the family?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:25): I think it's unlikely that that will be available. The reasons for people relinquishing their children tend to vary and I would be surprised if that data is collected in a form in which I could provide it to the chamber.

In reply to Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (28 March 2017).

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills): I have been advised:

As at the end of March 2017 there were a total of 159 children in out of home care recorded as having come into care because there was no caregiver available, willing or able to provide care.

There were an additional 280 children in out of home care at the end of March 2017 who were recorded as having come into care under a three month Voluntary Care Order. These short term Voluntary Care Orders are utilised where there is agreement by the parents to place the child in care. This can include children whose parents are experiencing difficulty in providing the necessary care for their child.