Child Protection

Ms SANDERSON ( Adelaide ) ( 15:24 ): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Are the three children, who were living in the home where a Craigmore woman was recently attacked by a group of men armed with hammers, known to the Department for Child Protection and, if so, what supports or interventions had they received prior to the incident? The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:25): I won't comment on that specific case now. What I will do is take advice on what is appropriate to provide information on, given the sensitive nature of children's information, and provide that to the house after that advice. 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.