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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 | 5 On 25 August 2014, the decision was made to conduct this investigation into the incident. It was also decided that the allegations relating to the extended period of confinement of the young persons (4 to 21 August 2014) held in the BMU, should be investigated, as it appeared to be related to the incident on 21 August 2014. PROCESS OF INVESTIGATION This investigation involved: Inspection of the BMU at Don Dale; Inspection of the Holtze Youth Detention Centre; Review of paper files kept by Correctional Services; Review of the Integrated Offender Management System (IOMS) records (a computer program designed to store records); Review of email correspondence between Correctional Services staff; Review of closed circuit television (CCTV) and portable (Handicam) camera footage obtained from Correctional Services; Interviews conducted with the young persons allegedly involved; Interviews conducted with current and former Correctional Services and Department of Health (DoH) staff; Review of all legislation, policies, procedures, and guidelines in force at the time of the incident;8 and Draft Investigation Report provided to NTDCS for response. The investigation focused on seven issues of concern: 1. The decisions and actions taken by Correctional Services staff at Don Dale in relation to the young persons confined within the BMU on 21 August 2014; 2. The period of time the young persons were confined within the BMU and the purpose of this confinement; 3. The ability young persons in Don Dale had to make a complaint to the Childrens Commissioner; 8 This includes the legislation previously referred to above, as well as Northern Territory Correctional Services (NTCS) Directives on Intensive Management Plans, Use of Chemical Agents, the Youth Detention and Remand Centres Procedures and Instructions manual, and individual management regimes.


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