Working together: multi-agency collaboration and child protection on Anangu Pitantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands

Anangu Indigenous children Child abuse Child welfare Child protection South Australia
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The South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) commissioned this report from the Australian Centre for Child Protection in 2008 in response to recommendations made by the Honourable E.P. Mullighan QC in his Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

The APY Lands is situated in remote North West South Australia and covers an area of some 102,360 square kilometres. It is home to an estimated 2,500 people, 85% of residents are Aboriginal.

This report addresses recommendation 10 of the Commission of Inquiry, namely that an independent consultant evaluate the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary team approach for services on the APY Lands to disclose and detect abuse. There is a clear consensus of the need for government and non‐government agencies to work together to assist individuals and families with multiple and complex needs and to tackle the serious problem of child maltreatment confronting Aboriginal communities ‐ in particular the communities of the APY Lands.

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