North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (NAAFLS)

Who are we?
The child protection and criminal justice systems need to do better for Aboriginal children and families in the Northern Territory. We also all know the importance of front-end support for keeping families together. Our Program is the way forward for an effective child protection system in the NT.
Rachel Hill
North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (NAAFLS)
The North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (NAAFLS) is a government funded Aboriginal organisation and accredited community legal centre. NAAFLS provides culturally safe legal assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of domestic and family violence in the Northern Territory. NAAFLS has offices in Darwin, Katherine and Nhulunbuy, and services over 40 remote communities across the Top End spanning from the Tiwi Islands, across to Borroloola and down to Lajamanu. Our lawyers work with Aboriginal caseworkers to assist clients with domestic violence, child protection, family law and victims of crime compensation matters. Our caseworkers also support clients with information, referrals and general advocacy.
What are we doing?

NT Aboriginal Child Protection Notification and Referral Program

The Program will ensure Aboriginal children and their families are referred to Aboriginal Community Organisations for culturally safe and appropriate assistance, including advocacy and legal assistance where necessary, as soon as they come to the attention of child protection services. We intend to work with the Northern Territory and community organisation partners to ensure successful development and implementation of the Program. We believe the approach of the Program to be the future of child protection nationally and that it will mean less Aboriginal children and adults enter the child protection and criminal justice systems.

What are the impact areas we aim to work within?
Impact Area
Justice & safety
First Nations populations
Domestic & family violence
Other Areas
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