Report—Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory: Final report

Report—Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory: Final report

17 November 2017

This report recommends a number reforms to the child protection, youth justice and detention systems in the Northern Territory.

This report has been Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

The Royal Commission was established to enable the swift inquiry into the treatment of children detained in detention facilities and child protection in the Northern Territory. Among its findings, the report details that children and young people were subjected to regular, repeated and distressing mistreatment in detention and there was a failure to follow the procedures and requirements of the law in many instances.

The recommended reforms to the detention and child protection systems in the Northern Territory include: 

  • the closure of the current Don Dale Youth Detention Centre
  • increasing the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years
  • a new Children’s Court
  • implementation of an early intervention family support program 
  • a Commission for Children and Young People  

Download the report via the Royal Commission website.

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