14 January 2019

Safe, thriving and connected: Generational change for children and families 2018 – 2023: First progress report November 2018

This is the first progress report on the Safe, Thriving and Connected reforms being introduced by the Northern Territory Government in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. The report highlights the key achievements in the first seven months of the reforms which are designed to better support children, young people and families experiencing vulnerability. These have included legislative reform to amend the Youth Justice Act to give Territory Families legal responsibility for youth justice and improve the wellbeing of young people in detention by prohibiting the use of restraints as well as limiting the use of force, isolation and strip searches for young people in detention. There has also been 10.48 million significant ‘fix and make safe’ works completed at Don Dale and the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centres, reforming and streamlining the child protection processes, improved information-sharing, and increased participation and improved partnerships with Aboriginal organisations and families to facilitate local decision-making and involvement in the child protection and youth justice systems. Monitoring and auditing of the child protection and youth justice systems has also been improved with increased funding to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.