Overview

The Inquiry into the Child Protection System has been established by the Northern Territory Government to conduct a broad-ranging public inquiry under the Inquiries Act.

Written and oral submissions were invited covering any aspect of the child protection system in the Northern Territory.

The Inquiry is being co-chaired by Professor Muriel Bamblett AM, Dr Rob Roseby and Dr Howard Bath, with the support of a specialist Secretariat. An expert Reference Group was established to provide specialist advice.

Community forums to explain the process were held on 11-18 February 2010 in Nhulunbuy, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Darwin to talk about how the Inquiry will operate and provide an opportunity for the public to raise issues.

Formal hearings were held in the same locations from 18-26 March 2010.  A number of further hearings were also scheduled into April, May and June.

The Board visited a number of Aboriginal communities around the Territory and heard directly from community members.

The Board drew on the recommendations of other recent Inquiries and Coronial hearings; looked at interstate and overseas child protection models; conducted its own research; and sought additional information as required to inform the Inquiry.

The Board of Inquiry has completed its work and the Report was handed to the Chief Minister on 18 October 2010.