Commonwealth support for children and families involved in NT Royal Commission
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Zed Seselja, announced the funding commitment this morning in Alice Springs.
“The Australian Government recognises the need to provide community-based, culturally appropriate and trauma-informed support services to those affected by the Royal Commission,” said Minister Porter.
“Sharing experiences of time spent in youth detention or the child protection system can be difficult, especially for people who experienced abuse and are telling their story for the first time.”
Three respected and experienced organisations, Danila Dilba Health Service, Relationships Australia Northern Territory and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, are funded to deliver face to face and telephone counselling, and referrals to longer-term services including health and therapeutic support.
“Research shows that building stronger communities is fundamental to preventing child abuse and neglect,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.
“The collaboration and integration of local services will improve child, youth, adult and family wellbeing and help build more cohesive communities.”
A free call helpline (1800 500 853) answered locally is available from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday for people seeking support. These support services are provided in addition to the free legal advisory service funded by the Attorney-General’s Department.
The Royal Commission was established in July 2016 at the request of the Prime Minister and led by the Attorney-General’s Department, to enable a swift inquiry into the treatment of children and young people in detention facilities administered by the Government of the Northern Territory.
More information about the Royal Commission, and support services including crisis support can be found at childdetentionnt.royalcommission.gov.au.