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Communities urged to help combat Indigenous abuse

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 8 June 2004


The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) says welfare agencies need to develop specialised cultural skills for dealing with abuse in Aboriginal communities.

It has been alleged that Aboriginal children in the Town of Warburton in Western Australia's south-east are being given solvents by adults in exchange for sex.

The Department of Community Development is investigating and says two welfare workers will be placed in the town.

But Adam Foster from NAPCAN says welfare workers will need a good understanding of Aboriginal language and culture to enlist the help of the community.

Mr Foster says child abuse is traditionally seen as a problem for welfare agencies but he believes communities need to be involved.

"What's actually causing that is a question that would be well worth the whole community exploring," he said.

Mr Foster says NAPCAN is working with the Australian Arabic Communities Council and Aboriginal welfare groups to develop anti-abuse strategies for all cultural groups.


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