The Family Matters report 2018, released last week, states that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are now 10.1 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children.

The report says that the rate is projected to triple in the next 20 years if urgent action is not taken.

It points to a number of issues as the drivers of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

Poverty is one - it was found that 25 per cent of clients accessing homelessness services were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and most disturbingly, of those clients one in four was a child under the age of 10.

To read more and download the full report go to the Family Matters website

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