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18 New Child Protection Practitioners

Office of the Chief Minister

Children in the Northern Territory have the right to grow up feeling safe.

Eighteen new Child Protection Practitioners have recently joined the Northern Territory Government to make sure we are responsive and efficient as possible when child protection notification arise.

Spread out right across the Territory’s regional centres and communities, the practitioners have recently completed their comprehensive month long Care and Protection Induction Program in Darwin.

Frontline Child Protection practitioners are part of a dedicated team supporting children and families across the Territory.

Members of the new cohort will be based in Darwin, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Arafura and Daly River.

Budget 2021 sees over $21 million invested into child protection. Over the past four years there has been a 42% reduction in the number of unique children substantiated as having experienced or being at significant risk of abuse or neglect and 27% decrease of children placed in out of home care, since we came to Government.

Child Protection practitioners work closely with other government, non-government and community agencies to ensure the best outcome for the child and their family.


Quotes attributed to the Minister for Territory Families and Urban Housing, Kate Worden:

"Every child deserves a childhood where they are safe and connected with their culture and identity. We are investing in the most vulnerable children to change their pathways in life.

“Our investment and reforms in family support and child protection services are working.  Growing our family support services means that child protection resources can be dedicated to responding to the most vulnerable children.”