Few people are talking about how children in residential care and those in juvenile jail are essentially the same people.
What the Northern Territory's experience with state interventions reveals is that rather than protecting young people, it has placed them at greater risk of mistreatment and trauma.
Important questions are being asked about why children were abused in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all.
The accomplishments of successful royal commissions flow not just from strong findings and recommendations but from intelligent procedure.