Story of Our Children and Young People
The Story of Our Children and Young People, a new resource which provides a comprehensive overview of the wellbeing of our children and young people, was released in late 2019.
A key action from the Government’s Early Childhood Development plan, the Story of Our Children and Young People Northern Territory 2019 (the Story) provides comprehensive NT and regional data across all areas of wellbeing in one place – from economic, health, and education indicators, to participatory, identity, cultural and safety indicators.
This inaugural Story was prepared by Menzies School of Health Research in partnership with the NT Government, under the guidance of an independent Editorial Committee. It is the first, in what will be, a series of biennial stories, intended to track progress and provide a vehicle for local stories to be told.
The Story is a resource to inform and guide evidence-based policy, planning, decision-making and practice.
It presents data across 48 key indicators, mapped over six domains, considering the wellbeing of our children and young people from the antenatal period to young adulthood. Alongside the data, the Story highlights stories of things going well and cultural stories of wellbeing.
The Story is available online, together with regional stories and data tables. Hard copies are available from the Department of the Chief Minister’s regional offices in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
This is a rich and evolving resource for our community. The Story will be revisited biennially, with the second edition to be released in October 2021.