The

Guardian

has published a cache of 2000 leaked reports it says reveal the scale of child abuse in detention on Nauru.

The documents detail assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm within Australia's asylum-seeker detention programme.

It says the reports from Australia's detention camp total more than 8000 pages and that children are "vastly over-represented".

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"More than half of the 2116 reports - a total of 1086 incidents, or 51.3 per cent - involve children, although children made up only about 18 per cent of those in detention on Nauru during the time covered by the reports, May 2013 to October 2015."

The Guardian says: "There are seven reports of sexual assault of children, 59 reports of assault on children, 30 of self-harm involving children and 159 of threatened self-harm involving children."

The Australian Government was recently rocked by revelations of brutal treatment in the Northern Territory of young people in juvenile detention, which has led to a wide-ranging public inquiry.

- Herald online