Children shifted to violent families: Bath report

Natasha Robinson; 6/2/10

Aboriginal children in care are routinely being placed with relatives in remote communities where they are exposed to sexual abuse and alcohol-fuelled violence, a wide-ranging report on child protection – kept hidden by the Northern Territory government – has revealed. The Bath report – compiled after an audit of scores of cases of children deemed at high risk who were in the care of the state – exposes the near-total breakdown of child protection systems in the Territory, where background checks on carers are rarely carried out, ministers regularly fail to review the progress of cases, and social services for troubled families are in critically short supply. Howard Bath, who was appointed Children’s Commissioner in the Territory after compiling the extensive report, documents case after case where children were failed by the system that was supposed to protect them

See:; Belief builds in Aboriginal schoolkids; Justine Ferrari; 6/2/10;; No safety net for children at risk in the NT; Natasha Robinson; 6/2/10;