State of denial : the neglect and abuse of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory


In the Northern Territory the rate of Indigenous child removal is very low when compared to the rates for Indigenous children in other States and Territories, and only marginally higher than the rate of child removal for all children across Australia. This research explored the reasons for the lower recorded rates of child abuse and neglect and child removal for Indigenous children in the Northern Territory. The study finds that the Northern Territory has probably the highest levels of hidden or ignored child abuse and neglect in Australia, and that the child protection system in the Northern Territory is seriously failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. (Overview, edited)

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