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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 10


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 (7) in the opinion o f the senior juvenile justice officer, the detainees behaviour is likely to escalate to a point where a situation is likely to develop where there is real risk to personal safety or property. The security isolation unit is regarded as the last option after all other avenues o f behaviour modification counselling have failed. Once a decision has been made to make a security isolation placement, the detainee should be told o f the intention for security isolation placement and the reason for that decision. Once placed in the security isolation unit, the detainee must be told precisely why the placement has been made. I f an explanation is not possible at the time, due to the behaviour o f the detainee, he or she must have the reasons explained as soon as possible thereafter. The detainee must have explained to them how he or she can return to the normal program. An instruction or demand for an apology should not be a requirement for a release from security isolation. A voluntary apology should receive heavy positive reinforcement. The detainee should remain in the security isolation unit until quiet and in control, that is, 5 minutes since the last outburst. Whilst in security isolation, the detainee is to be closely monitored to ensure safety. Prior to release, an agreement between the superintendent and the detainee should be reached as to what positive behaviour the detainee will display. I f the placement was due to the refusal to carry out a particular task, the detainee should agree to complete the task. I f the placement was due to a particular behaviour, the detainee should agree to desist from the behaviour. Where, upon return to the normal program, the detainee continues the previous behaviour, the process will be repeated with a further placement. The minimum requirement for a placement in the security isolation unit: The senior juvenile justice officer may authorise the security isolation unit placement for up to 60 minutes, in accordance with the above procedures. At the completion o f the 60-minute period, the superintendent must be contacted if the detainee cannot be released and returned to the hostel unit. The superintendent will then consider the situation and determine what other action will be taken, including the length o f the security isolation placement. Where a detainee is placed in the security isolation unit in accordance with this section, between 2300 and 0700 hours, the detainee will remain in the unit until 0700 hours. In instances where neither the superintendent, assistant superintendent or senior case worker can be contacted, the person in charge o f the shift will record, in a case note, all the steps that have been carried out to contact the above. A detailed incident report will be raised explaining the reason for and justifying the action taken. On placement, the following details are to be immediately entered into the security isolation unit journal: the name o f the detainee, the time o f placement, the staff effecting placement, the security journal reference page, the reason for 3305

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