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Own initiative investigation report : services provided by the Department of Correctional Services at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

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Title

Own initiative investigation report : services provided by the Department of Correctional Services at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

Other title

Report to the Minister

Collection

E-Publications; PublicationNT; E-Books

Date

2015-08

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; The decision to conduct this self-initiated investigation was made by the former Children’s Commissioner, Dr Howard Bath, and was based on events that occurred at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre (‘Don Dale’) in the Behaviour Management Unit (‘BMU’) between 4 and 21 August 2014. This investigation was conducted in accordance with Section 10(1)(a)(ii) of the Children’s Commissioner Act 2013 (the Act) which allows the Commissioner, on his own initiative, to investigate a matter which may form the grounds for a complaint.

Notes

"Dear Minister. In accordance with section 43(2) of the Children's Commissioner Act 2013, I provide you with my final own initiative investigation based on events that occurred at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Behavius Management Unit between 4 and 21 August 2014'. p. 1.

Table of contents

Jurisdiction -- Formalities -- Background to investigation -- Process of investigation -- Investigation issues: issue 1; The decisions made and actions taken by Correctional Service staff at Don Dale in relation to young persons confined within the BMU on 21 August 2014 -- Issue 1 Findings -- Issue 2: The period of time young persons were confined within the BMU and the purpose of this procedure -- Issue 2 Findings -- Issue 3: The access young persons have had in regard to making a complaint to the Children’s Commissioner -- Issue 3 Findings -- Issue 4: The access young persons had to external service providers when confined within the BMU -- Issue 4 Findings -- Issue 5: The provisions in place to ensure the emotional and psychological welfare of young persons in the BMU -- Issue 5 Findings -- Issue 6: The contact young persons housed within the BMU have had with family members -- Issue 6 Findings -- Issue 7: The supervision and monitoring provided to the young persons whilst they were accommodated within the BMU -- Issue 7 Findings -- Recommendations -- Departmental response. -- Attachment A & B

Language

English

Subject

Juvenile detention homes -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region; Juvenile delinquents -- Rehabilitation -- Northern Territory

Publisher name

Northern Territory. Office of the Children's Commissioner

Place of publication

Casuarina (N.T.)

Format

52 pages : illustrations, plans ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf.

Copyright owner

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Related links

http://www.childrenscommissioner.nt.gov.au/publications.html

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/265046

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/462108

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/462107

Page content

P a g e | 8 Photograph 1: BMU cell 5, taken from CCTV footage The BMU is housed in an area separate from the mainstream part of Don Dale. At one end of the exercise yard there is a bank of glass panels set high in the wall which overlooks an outdoor basketball court area. These glass panels are the only source of natural light for the BMU area. There is a solid door which exits onto the basketball court. At the opposite end of the exercise yard there is a bank of glass panels that overlook an enclosed storage area. No natural light is available through these glass panels. There is a shower partially enclosed by a three-quarter height wall in the corner, and a water tap. The shower is not private, as persons in some of the cells can see directly into the shower (particularly, cells 5, 4 and 3). On the wall opposite to the cells, there are four windows side-by-side, that overlook the admissions area. These windows are blocked from inside the admissions area office by a metal compactus. Beside the windows there is a solid door which enters into a security lounge. The security lounge was not in use because it does not comply with fire regulations. On the other side of the windows there is a door which leads into a corridor that opens into the H block dining room. The door has two triangle-shaped panels of glass at eye level height. There is a door separating the H Block dining room and the corridor. A door to the admissions area also leads off this corridor. The exercise yard has two ceiling fans and no air-conditioning.


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