Royal commission into child protection in Northern Territory told boy removed by welfare workers at age seven struggled to reconnect when he returned at 18

A Northern Territory boy who had a traditional upbringing in a remote Indigenous community lost his cultural identity after he was taken away by welfare workers, an inquiry has heard.

His grandfather, known as CO, told the territory’s child protection royal commission the boy was removed into care by the NT government at age seven because his mother was “drinking too much”.

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