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

1 Jul 2003

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 (AIHW 2000).

Regrettably the research found no cause for celebration in the lower recorded rates of child abuse and neglect and child removal. Rather it found that the child protection system in the Northern Territory is seriously failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

In examining the prevalence of known factors which give rise to child abuse and neglect the research establishes that these factors are as prevalent and in most instances more prevalent within the Northern Territory than in other states and territories. This would suggest that the Northern Territory has the highest levels of hidden or ignored child abuse and neglect in Australia.

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