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NT government pledges historic $229m to overhaul youth justice system

The NT government says it will fund more than 200 recommendations from the royal commission into youth detention and child protection. Source: AAP

The Northern Territory government has vowed to overhaul youth and child protection following the royal commission into child protection.

The Northern Territory government says it will fund more than 200 recommendations from the royal commission into youth detention and child protection in an effort to rebuild its 'failed' youth justice system. 

The $229 million package, a record investment for the Territory, will place an emphasis on preventing children and families from entering child protection and youth detention systems.

It will be phased out over the next five years. 

"Today is a significant milestone in our reform process for child protection and youth justice services," said Territories Families Minister Dale Wakefield. 

"The child protection and youth justice systems have failed to address the challenges faced by children and young people in the care of detention. Indeed, in some cases they have exacerbated the problems. A system which was meant to make the community safer has in fact made more dangerous."

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