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Child Protective Services are called in after a chilling discovery is made in a cage at a Northern Territory worksite

A young child was allegedly kept locked in a cage at an industrial workplace in the Northern Territory.

Territory Families and NT WorkSafe confirmed an investigation has been launched following reports that a child was being held in a makeshift cage at a workplace on the Stuart Highway.

It is understood the child is between two and three years old and was reportedly placed in the ‘secure room’.

Police attended the industrial estate, which cannot be named for legal reasons, on May 14 after receiving reports about the welfare of the young child.

A child, believed to be between two and three years old, has reportedly been locked in a cage at an industrial workplace in the Northern Territory (stock image)

A child, believed to be between two and three years old, has reportedly been locked in a cage at an industrial workplace in the Northern Territory (stock image)

The custom-made enclosure was described by witnesses as a ‘cage’, NT News reports.

A spokeswoman for Territory Families said the agency was aware of the matter and was investigating it.

“The safety of children is our top priority and we take any allegation of child abuse seriously,” she said.

Mandatory reporting rules in the Northern Territory require a person to report his or her concerns if he or she believes a ‘child is being harmed or abused’.

“This also applies to the police who can report suspected damage to our department,” the spokeswoman said.

‘We work with children, families, communities, police and relevant agencies to assess and respond to any reports of suspected harm to children.’

Police also raised a safety concern at NT WorkSafe on May 16, two days after the alleged incident.