Growing them strong, together: Promoting the Safety and Wellbeing of the Northern Territory's Children: Report of the Board of Inquiry into the Child Protection System in the Northern Territory: 2010


The Inquiry finds the Northern Territory child protection system is in crisis for several reasons: including insufficient resources; the number of notifications of children formally identified as at risk which remain uninvestigated; and an almost complete lack of Aboriginal controlled services. The report contains 147 recommendations focusing on: the functioning of the current statutory child protection system; adoption of a population or a public health approach emphasised on supporting and working with families; and better child protection decision-making; and a referral service which involves non-government agencies. It is concluded that children’s safety and wellbeing is a shared responsibility based on consultation and collaboration.

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© Northern Territory Government 2010 This work is copyright, such copyright belonging to the Northern Territory of Australia and subject to conditions of the Copyright Act 1968 and the Northern Territory Copyright policy. ISBN: 978-0-9807286-8-2