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Incident reports provide evidence to close Nauru now

Published: 10 August 2016

"The release of the Nauru incident reports reinforces the need to stop using the island as a place to detain refugees and asylum seekers,” the AASW National President, Karen Healy AM, said today.

“It also shows how dangerous the Border Force Act is which tries to stop professional social workers and others from speaking out about the systemic abuse of children.”

Professor Healy says the incident reports published by the Guardian provide insight to the working world of many social workers who provide support to children and families in adverse situations and promote social justice.

“Australia must find alternative ways to respond to the 49 children still held on Nauru to ensure they are no longer exposed to conditions that threaten their safety and basic human rights,” she said.

With the recent NT juvenile detention abuse and the ongoing abuse of children in offshore detention, Professor Healy says our country has been demonstrating an appalling record for respecting even the most basic human rights of young people.

The Australian Association of Social Workers represents 10,000 professional social workers, many of whom work in the frontline of child protection.

For more information on our advocacy in this area, read the AASW Children in Immigration Detention briefing paper or visit our submissions and advocacy web page

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