Terms of Reference
The Northern Territory Government’s Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse has been established to find better ways to protect Aboriginal children from sexual abuse. Rex Wild QC and Ms Pat Anderson have been appointed Co-Chairmen of the Board under the Northern Territory Inquiries Act.
In particular, the Board’s task will be to:
- Examine the extent, nature and contributing factors to sexual abuse of Aboriginal children, with a particular focus on unreported incidences of such abuse.
- Identify barriers and issues associated with the provision of effective responses to and protection against sexual abuse for Aboriginal children.
- Consider practices, procedures and resources of NT Government agencies with direct responsibilities in this area (Family & Children’s Services and Police), and also consider how all tiers of government and non-government agencies might contribute to a more effective protection and response network.
- Consider how the NT Government can help support communities to effectively prevent and tackle child sexual abuse.
The Inquiry is due to report to the Chief Minister by April 2007.