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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS (CARE AND PROTECTION) ACT 1998 - SECT 172A

Secretary to report annually on deaths of children and young persons

172A Secretary to report annually on deaths of children and young persons

(1) The Director -General must make a written report to the Minister every year on the reportable deaths known to the Secretary that occurred during the previous calendar year.
(2) In this section:

"reportable death" means the death of any child or young person:
(a) who was the subject of a risk of significant harm report made during the period of 3 years immediately preceding the death of the child, or
(b) who was a sibling of a child or young person who was the subject of a risk of significant harm report made during the period of 3 years immediately preceding the death of the sibling, or
(c) for whom the Minister has parental responsibility under this Act, or
(d) who is in statutory out-of-home care or supported out-of-home care, or
(e) for whom the Secretary has care responsibility under section 39A or the Secretary or a designated agency has care responsibility under section 49, or
(f) who is the subject of a sole parental responsibility order made under section 149 (as in force immediately before its repeal by the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2014 ).

"risk of significant harm report" means a report given to the Secretary under this Act that, in the assessment of the Secretary, indicates that a child or young person is at risk of significant harm (within the meaning of Part 2 of Chapter 3).
Note : See section 23 (Child or young person at risk of significant harm).
(3) A report under this section must include the following:
(a) the number of reportable deaths that occurred during the calendar year to which the report relates,
(b) the general circumstances of each of those reportable deaths, if known,
(c) details relating to the implementation of any Departmental practice changes in response to, or resulting from, those reportable deaths.
(4) A report under this section is to be made to the Minister as soon as practicable after the end of the calendar year to which the report relates.
(5) The Minister is to cause a copy of the report made to the Minister under this section to be tabled in each House of Parliament as soon as practicable after the report is made to the Minister.



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