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

 Last weeks to share personal stories with the NT Royal Commission

14 July 2017

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is encouraging people to share their stories and experiences of the welfare and detention systems ahead of the 31 July deadline.

Hearing firsthand experiences is important to the work of the Royal Commission and helps further the understanding of the issues facing children, families and professionals in the NT.

There are now just two weeks left for people to contribute to this work by telling the Royal Commission about their experiences of the NT’s detention and welfare systems.

Commissioners Margaret White AO and Mick Gooda encouraged anyone who felt there was more to add, to come forward as soon as possible.

"Stories from children, families and communities, who have experienced firsthand detention and protection, are incredibly valuable to the work of the commission.

"Their observations and insights will help us deliver a report with recommendations to make both systems work better in the future," Commissioner Gooda said.

Commissioner White stressed the importance of hearing firsthand experience as the Commission seeks to deliver a report which will make a difference.

"Our priority is to ensure vulnerable people – particularly children – have a voice and are protected. Their stories help us explore the challenges, strengths and weaknesses of child protection and detention systems in the Northern Territory.

"Even though public hearings have now finished, the work of the Royal Commission is still ongoing. The personal stories we hear helps us clearly understand the issues and help consider possible solutions which will have the greatest impact and benefit to the NT community," Commissioner White said.

Since its inception in August 2016, the Commission has sought and gathered stories and experiences from young people who have been in care and/or detention systems, the parents and other family members of those children, care workers and professionals.

During the hearings the Commission heard a number of personal stories from those most affected by the systems including children, their families and carers. The recordings and transcripts of these personal stories are available on the Royal Commission’s website.

There are a number of ways people can provide information to the Commission.