The national body representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children has called on the Turnbull Government to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
SNAICC chairperson Sharron Williams said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were over-represented in out-of-home care systems and implementing the commission’s recommendations was a matter of urgency.
“Strong cultural identity, connections to family and community, and cultural care practices are non-negotiable factors in keeping our children safe,” Ms Williams said.
The final report of the royal commission was made up of 17 volumes and included 189 new and far-reaching recommendations.
The commissioners heard thousands of stories of child sexual abuse in institutions.
The recommendations included that the federal, state and territory governments fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing approaches as part of support and treatment for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
Primary health networks should also work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services to meet the needs of victims and survivors, the commission found.
And governments should consider further strategies for the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in youth detention.