Removed and Discarded: The Contemporary Legacy of the Stolen Generations

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Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Indigenous Law Reporter, 2002, 7 (4), pp. 1 - 26
Issue Date:
2002-01
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This article is based on an analysis of the NSW Department of Community Services case files of Indigenous children who were found to be neglected or emotionally abused in 1996-97. The research reviewed files from the date of initial contact with the Department up until 1999. The research was undertaken after the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families 1997 (NIATSIC) identified serious deficiencies in information about contemporary welfare removals of Indigenous children in Australia. Data presented to the National Inquiry demonstrated a disproportionately high rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in contact with child welfare services compared with other children. The disproportion increased with the severity of welfare intervention. As at 30 June 1997 the rate of Indigenous children on care and protection orders in NSW was 25.6 per thousand children which is over six times the rate for other children in NSW.[1] The rate of Indigenous children on care and protection orders in NSW as at 30 June 2001 was 37 per thousand children which is over nine times the rate for other children in NSW.[2] This would suggest that the over-representation of Indigenous children within the child protection system is not ameliorating.
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