Research to strengthen child protection in the Territory

23 September 2008

The Northern Territory Government and Menzies School of Health Research have teamed up for a three-year Child Protection Research partnership to conduct research into child abuse in the Northern Territory.

The NT Government will provide $1.35 million under the Charles Darwin University/Northern Territory Government Partnership Agreement to conduct research and establish an advisory board which will guide local research on abuse, neglect and family dysfunction.

The Advisory Board will have representatives from the NT Department of Health and Families, Menzies and other relevant research institutions.

The research is being conducted in order to obtain Northern Territory evidence-based child protection data that can then be used to assist government in shaping policies and enable community groups to plan projects for the future based on solid evidence.

Key objectives

  1. Economic Development
  2. Social and Cultural Development
  3. Environmentally Sustainable Development

About the partnership

The Partnership Agreement provides for the economic and social development of the Northern Territory to be supported by a robust and resilient University working in partnership with government agencies and the wider community to contribute to education, research, policy development and program delivery.