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Annual Report 2013/2014 Children's Commissioner Northern Territory



Annual Report 2013/2014 Children's Commissioner Northern Territory

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52 52 Substantiations by abuse/neglect type Figure 9 shows that the proportion of substantiated notifications varied widely by maltreatment type, with neglect accounting for a half of all substantiations and sexual exploitation just two per cent. The proportion of substantiated reports that involve neglect has remained at similar levels for the past five years. There has been reduction in substantiated child sexual exploitation reports, resulting in a 70 per cent drop over five years (the actual number of sexual abuse substantiations has fallen from 117 in 2009-10 to 36 in 2013-14. As previously mentioned, DCF has indicated that there has been a classification error with sexual exploitation matters which is one explanation for the steady decline in numbers that have been evident. This error has since been corrected but is only marginally reflected in the 2013-14 statistics. The OCC will monitor this in the next reporting year. Figure 9: Substantiations by Type of Abuse/Neglect, 2009-10 to 2013-14 (percentages) Repeat substantiations Once a child protection agency has substantiated abuse or neglect, the first priority is to assess whether the provision of family supports or other forms of therapeutic assistance, could enable the parent(s) to safely look after their children. In some cases this is not possible so the removal of children to kinship or foster care may be considered to ensure their safety. Either way, the intervention is designed to ensure the safety and promote the wellbeing of the 51% 49% 53% 47% 50% 22% 26% 29% 35% 30% 19% 20% 15% 17% 18% 8% 5% 3% 1% 2% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Neglect Emotional Physical SexualSource: DCF 2014

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