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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 | 1 Table of Contents JURISDICTION ............................................................................................................................ 3 FORMALITIES ............................................................................................................................. 3 BACKGROUND TO INVESTIGATION ........................................................................................... 3 PROCESS OF INVESTIGATION ..................................................................................................... 5 INVESTIGATION ISSUES.............................................................................................................. 6 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 ............................. 6 Description of the BMU ........................................................................................................ 6 Rationale and authority for young persons placed in the BMU ........................................... 9 Young person C BMU cell 1 .......................................................................................... 10 Young person D and young person F BMU cell 2 ....................................................... 10 Young person E BMU cell 3............................................................................................ 10 Young person B and young person A BMU cell 4 ........................................................ 11 Intensive management plans ............................................................................................. 11 Day of the incident 21 August 2014 ................................................................................ 12 Events prior to the use of CS gas ........................................................................................ 15 Injury to staff member ....................................................................................................... 17 The use of CS gas ................................................................................................................ 17 Actions subsequent to incident .......................................................................................... 22 The use of spit hoods ......................................................................................................... 23 The use of handcuffs .......................................................................................................... 24 Staff response to incident due to a lack of formal training in crisis management ............ 25 Information provided to executive management ............................................................. 26 Inaccurate information supplied to police ......................................................................... 27 Review of the Northern Territory Youth Detention System Report, January 2015 ........... 27 The Vita Review identified ................................................................................................. 28 Issue 1: Findings ................................................................................................................. 29 Issue 2: The period of time young persons were confined within the BMU and the purpose of this procedure ................................................................................................................. 31


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