Safer Communities Safer Children

Safer Communities Safer Children Report

  • Author(s): Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs
  • Published: 2007
  • Publisher: WA Department of Indigenous Affairs

Abstract: This document provides a model for agreed and coordinated government action to address broad community issues arising from the disclosure of child abuse in Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA). Between February and July 2007 a dramatic rise in the number of disclosures occurred, and investigations in the East Kimberley commenced. The public knowledge of abuse and resulting arrests have been impacting broadly on the stability of these communities. As sexual abuse charges fall within two categories - predatory and sexualised contact between children - alleged perpetrators may require child relevant support and management. A collaborative approach is required to address the immediate needs resulting from disclosures and to continue to build the safety and stability of communities in the longer term. To be successful, this approach has to be grounded in a new way of working where governments and communities work together to find solutions. This document includes the context, principles and processes for a collaborative model and articulates the mandate, roles and responsibilities of relevant agencies. It proposes engagement with community within the process.

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Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs, 2007, Safer Communities Safer Children, Report, viewed 19 August 2022,

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