Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Voices of the Commission

Voices: What children have told us – Child Protection

In order to inquire into, and make recommendations about, the child protection system in the NT we wanted to hear directly from children. They have spoken about their involvement in the child protection system, what they think works and what doesn’t – in a frank way. Voices: What children have told us – Child Protection sets out some of the things that children have spoken about. These are their words. This is how they feel. It is important to allow their voices to be heard.

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Voices: What children have told us – Youth Detention

Many of the children we spoke to were in detention and displayed great bravery in coming forward to. Their willingness to talk frankly and openly about their experiences has allowed us to get a full and proper understanding of the issues surrounding the detention system in the NT. We thank them all for and speaking to us.

The following quotes are their words, it is the detention system as seen through their eyes and is a reflection of the time they have spent interacting with the system.

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Voices: Girls in Detention

To mark the International Day of the Girl, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory released a series of art works created by girls from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. The series of six paintings and accompanying personal statements provide insight into the lives of girls in detention. The paintings express their feelings about detention, separation from family and kin and hopes about returning home.

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Voices: Suggestions for the future – what children, communities and experts have told us

One of the most common questions we have heard asked throughout this Royal Commission has been – what can be done differently? It has been important to the Commission to understand what children, professionals, community organisations, government , families and communities believe the solutions might be. Asking how we can do things differently has resulted in a wide range of views and opinions as to how the child protection and detention systems in the Northern Territory can be improved.

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