Susan Mansfield, a social worker at the Royal Darwin Hospital in 2009, says her notifications about pregnant 12-year-old and drug-affected parents kept being brushed aside.
Ms Mansfield says when she raised her concerns with the Children's Commissioner, upper management of the Northern Territory Health Department made her feel like she had done the wrong thing.
She felt intimidated.
There was a verbal threat of disciplinary action.
"Every email (Ms Mansfield) sent to the child protection service would be re-routed back via the head of the child protection service, through the general manager of the hospital, through to her immediate superior."
"And she was told that she was not to make reports other than with the approval of her superiors," Northern Territory Ombudsman Carolyn Richards said.
Ms Richards says the Northern Territory Department of Families and Children filed "dummy documents" to mask the true state of the child protection system.
Child protection whistleblower felt 'intimidated', Katrina Bolton and Eleni Roussos, ABC News, 9 November 2010.
July 2011 Update :
It is interesting to read the comments on this article and to see how much support there is in the NT for Susan Mansfield's actions -
Bully claims ignored, Conor Byrne, NT News, July 14 2011 : http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/07/14/246971_ntnews.html