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Shock numbers for kids in ‘out of home’ care

7 August 2015 The Territory leads the nation in statistics of children who are in “out of home care” and Central Australia is massively ahead within the Territory, according to the Alice Springs News. On June 30 there were 1005 Territory children in out of home care who had orders under the Care and Protection of Children Act, up from 908 a year before. The ‘per 1000’-figure in the NT rose from 8.8 in 2010 with a big jump from 11.6 in 2013 to 14.3 in 2014; the national average was 8.1 children per 1000 in 2014. In the Territory indigenous children are eight times as likely to be in care than non-indigenous children.
Comment by Wake Up Time: A reader of the AS News, Greg, wrote: “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. It’s unfortunately the same for some of the Aboriginal people.” The millions spent on improving the situations in remote communities have not paid off. The situation is getting worse.
Wake Up Time suggests two fundamental changes in the approach to these problems: overhauling the ‘Royalties Maze’ which provides uncontrolled flows of money to the communities, and ending any form of racial distinction…. treating Aboriginal people and issues equally from a legal perspective. That could finally break the chain of destruction and dysfunction, harming thousands of children every day.

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