Thanks for reporting on this, Kieran. It’s so very clear that …

Comment on Royal Commission’s broad inquiry: ‘the way kids live their lives’ by Phil Walcott.

Thanks for reporting on this, Kieran.

It’s so very clear that ‘the system’ is a broken model. The people within it are generally wonderful but they too are ‘stuck’ in the dysfunction of a very badly organised bureaucratic structure. It is highly overloaded with a variety of ‘managers’ who appear to do little more than ‘manage’ their power and salary status.

It’s time to ‘flatten’ the silo and allow the people who actually aim to deliver programs for the care of children to have a greater input into how those services are delivered in a comprehensive and compassionate manner.

Phil Walcott
Alice Springs.

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Great to read your on-going contributions to the discussions, Rainer. The more voices are heard, the better the outcomes to be achieved. Keep ’em coming.


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Great police work … hope they capture more culprits.


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A whole-of-commUNITY approach is certainly required to effectively engage in this process.
Well done to all of you who support this initiative.
It’s a practical example of how the Youth Engagement Strategy for Australia’s Northern Territory created over the past 18+ months can be implemented here in this community.
Sustained input and guidance especially from our younger generations over many years is required. The YESNT project primarily designed for the six to 26 year old populations around the NT suggests 20 years will be required to effect substantial intergenerational change.
Come together, be together, Alice Springs … we can do this.


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Thanks for your feedback, Alex. Interesting to know that. I’m sure Glynnis had her work cut out!
When I was a District School Counsellor in Sydney, we were generally based in a high school and also delivered services to a few nearby feeder primary schools.
It was a fantastic role that enabled not only cognitive and adaptive assessments to be conducted but also a great deal of 1:1 counselling to students, staff or families who either requested it or were referred.
If the NT Education Department are in a position to re-implement those services, they could go a long way to helping schools to develop and deliver their respective social health and well-being programs.


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Great promotion, Tabby.
When I first came to the NT in 1993, I was surprised to learn that while Alice Springs’s schools had campus cops, they didn’t have school counsellors. They, too, would be another excellent resource addition for all of our schools, even if on a shared care basis.
The outcomes I saw achieved through the campus cop program were great. They were a terrific asset with regard to restorative justice programs and worked very well in preventative practices areas.
You’re right, Tabby. Prevention strategies are always preferable with regard to both social and economic dimensions. I hope your deputations are successful.


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