"This is an historic investment in generational change to create a brighter future for
Territory children and families.” Minister Dale Wakefield
The Northern Territory Government has announced an investment of more than $229.6 million over the next five years to fix the failing child protection and youth justice systems.
The Implementation Plan, entitled Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families outlines how this whole-of-government approach is embarking on historic reforms in the Territory.
The Royal Commission was established on 1 August 2016 by the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments in response to serious concerns raised about the child protection and youth detention systems in the Northern Territory.
The final report of the Royal Commission, which was delivered on 17 November 2017, included 142 findings and 227 recommendations to address the significant and extensive failings identified in both the child protection and youth justice systems.
Introducing the required changes will be a complex process that will take the combined efforts of external stakeholders, the wider community and government.
In March, the Northern Territory Government accepted the intent and direction of all 227 Royal Commission recommendations, and has mapped them into 17 work programs under four major objectives:
The Implementation Plan has been informed through hundreds of hours of consultation and engagement with key stakeholders, community sector organisations and representatives of NT government agencies.
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Download the Implementation Plan Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families
Download the Overview of the Implementation Plan Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families
Ms Donna Ah Chee was officially appointed by the relevant NT and Commonwealth government Ministers on Monday 9 July 2018, given her wealth of experience in other Chair roles and her strong track record of achievement as CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.
Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families
Throughout April and May, the Northern Territory Government and Reform Management Office held briefings about Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families in regional centres across the Northern Territory.
More than 100 stakeholders from both the government and non government sectors gathered at Parliament House to receive the Implementation Plan and hear from Minister Wakefield firsthand about the key programs that would be implemented, in partnership and through extensive collaboration, to achieve genuine generational change across the Territory.