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Northern Territory - Glossary Term


Term commonly found on child welfare records

In early legislation the term 'charged' was used broadly and not only when referring to a child or other individual charged with an offence. Under the State Children's Act 1895 a child could be charged with being 'destitute', 'neglected', 'uncontrollable' or 'incorrigible'. Under this Act a child could also be charged as 'uncontrollable' or 'incorrigible' by their own parents.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George