The best opportunities in life

Northern Territory child and adolescent health and wellbeing strategic plan 2018–2028
Child welfare Youth First Nations youth Well-being Child protection First Peoples child protection Child protection Royal Commissions Northern Territory Northern Territory

This strategy is a shared commitment to protect, improve and sustain the health and wellbeing of children and young Territorians, aged from birth to 24 years. It represents a collective understanding that health and wellbeing in the long term is only possible with strategic investment and a focus on those factors that support and matter to children and young people so they can grow, thrive and achieve their full potential.

Central to this plan is respecting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of all Territory children and young people. The Territory Government and its partners are resolute in committing to listen to and understand their needs and to orientate our environments, systems and services so that children and young people feel safe and included.

The plan outlines the current work occurring across Aboriginal community controlled, government and non-government organisations (NGOs) to support and improve the health and wellbeing of Territory children and young people. It also summarises how this work will be continued and enhanced through setting out what new initiatives are planned, and what success will look like.

The range of current and planned actions for child and youth health over the next 10 years will be monitored annually, and will have a focus on:

  • promoting and protecting those factors that enable children and young people to develop well
  • preventing and attending to those factors that can adversely affect and challenge healthy development and resilience
  • providing quality and coordinated services across government and non-government industry sectors to children and young people, particularly those with complex care needs.

The reform agenda in youth justice and child protection, as set by the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT, is another crucial element of this plan. The message is clear that the systems for protection and detention of children in the Territory must be reformed.

The companion document to this strategy gives background details for the Best Opportunities in Life plan.

It includes:

  • statistics on children, adolescents and young people 0 to 24 years old;
  • a summary analysis of consultations with children and youth from 12 to 24 years old
  • a table detailing the input received from our partners
  • examples of programs that work that are evidence based and consistent with the plan’s principles, particularly those around place based design and local involvement or co-design
  • a detailed timeline on implementation and monitoring
  • a potential Monitoring Report using a KPI traffic light matrix
  • a discussion on data governance and data sovereignty – the key to Aboriginal data sharing
  • a full reference list.
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