Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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State Government commits to future of PCYCs

Liberal Announcement

The Liberal National Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the future of the PCYC following a comprehensive review of the PCYC Federation.

Police Minister Liza Harvey today released a State Government-commissioned review, which was undertaken by former Director General of Education, Peter Browne.

“This review helps to reframe the focus of PCYCs,” Mrs Harvey said.

“I thank Mr Browne for producing an excellent document which has provided a road map for the future of the PCYC Federation.

“As a consequence of this report, the State Government has committed to ensuring where there is a PCYC working with children at risk, there will be uniformed police engagement.

“We will identify opportunities to make the most of these valuable community assets which have the potential to dramatically change the lives of vulnerable children.

“This is a thorough and detailed analysis of the structure and functions of the PCYC Federation and will help ensure a strong, vibrant and financially sustainable future for the federation.

The Minister said the State Government remained committed to ensuring the continued relationship between WA Police and the PCYC Federation.

“PCYCs play an important role in delivering services to youth, particularly youth at risk, and the WA community benefits from this,” she said.

“It is critical WA Police remain engaged with the outstanding programs and activities run by PCYCs and this report assists in setting out a blueprint for consolidating that relationship.

“I commend the work and dedication of the PCYC Federation’s board over the years.”

The Minister said the review made 43 recommendations, which were the responsibility of WA Police and the PCYC Federation to consider and endorse.

The review consulted with the PCYC Federation, local governments, State Government agencies, community and private sector organisations, and peak bodies.

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