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Location: Home Relationships Australia NT commends the Royal Commission on their final report into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT Friday, 17 November 2017

Relationships Australia NT commends the Royal Commission on their final report into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT Friday, 17 November 2017

Relationships Australia NT commends the Royal Commission on their final report into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and wishes to remind the community that a free support service is available to young people, their families and other people affected by the Royal Commission.

Relationships Australia NT commends the Royal Commission on their final report into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and wishes to remind the community that a free support service is available to young people, their families and other people affected by the Royal Commission. CEO Marie Morrison said that it was vital that some of the most vulnerable people in our community, who have bravely shared their stories, have access to counselling and culturally appropriate support. “We recognise that young people in particular experience many barriers to seeking help, we aim to strengthen that access by using an outreach program which offers support to clients in places where they feel most comfortable and will also provide on-site support. Relationships Australia NT has a team of counsellors and Aboriginal Islander Cultural Advisors in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs who will work alongside experienced youth friendly counselling staff to ensure that clients receive a trauma informed and culturally competent service,” Ms Morrison said. “It’s very important that people know and understand that support is available whether you provided evidence to the Royal Commission or not, the news coverage alone may bring back difficult memories of the situations that the young people or their families faced.” The free support services are available until June 2018 and are funded by the Department of Social Services. Relationships Australia NT is working in collaboration with Danila Dilba and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. Ms Morrison said that the organisation would consider all of the recommendations listed in the report and hoped that their existing youth diversion program and services for children, young people and families could be utilised in delivering the best outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the NT. For more information or support visit www.nt.relationships.org.au or call 8950 4100 for Alice Springs services or 8923 4999 for Darwin and Katherine. -ends- Media Enquiries: Jeannette Button 0407 727 080, jb@prbutton.com.au

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