Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory delivered its Interim Report to the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments on 31 March 2017.
The evidence presented to the Commission revealed a youth detention system that was likely to leave many children and young people more damaged than when they entered.
The evidence received by the Royal Commission demonstrated that community safety and the well-being of all who live within the community – children and adults – is best achieved by a comprehensive, multifaceted approach based on:
- crime prevention
- early intervention where there is a risk of offending by children and young people
- diversion of children and young people away from the courts, and
- community engagement and involvement at all levels.