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

 Royal Commission releases paintings by girls from Don Dale

11 October 2017

To mark the International Day of the Girl, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has released a series of art works created by girls from the Don Dale 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.

"The Royal Commission's Terms of Reference require it to inquire into failings in the child protection and youth detention systems of the Northern Territory as well as the treatment of children and young people detained at youth detention facilities in the NT", said Official Secretary Kirsty Windeyer.

"It has been critical to hear from those most affected by the issues – the children who have experienced the detention and child protection systems.

"On International Day of the Girl it is appropriate to release these stories, told through art, of girls in the detention system.

"These paintings by girls in Don Dale Youth Detention Centre are just one of the many ways children and young people have shared with the Commission their experiences and stories, helping the Commission form a clear understanding of the issues affecting them", said Ms Windeyer

These paintings are available for viewing on the Royal Commission website