Own initiative investigation report : services provided by the Department of Correctional Services at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre
Report to the Minister
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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.
"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.
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
Juvenile detention homes -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region; Juvenile delinquents -- Rehabilitation -- Northern Territory
Northern Territory. Office of the Children's Commissioner
52 pages : illustrations, plans ; 30 cm.
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P a g e | 7 Diagram 1: Floor plan of BMU Each cell contains a concrete platform which is used for sleeping, a toilet, a fluorescent light fixture, and an intercom. Three of the internal walls are made of cement-rendered concrete. The front of each cell consists of metal bars covered with a metal mesh screen. Some cells also have a perspex screen. The door to each cell is made from bars and screen mesh and includes a hatch which can be opened from the outside. Each door is fitted with a handle and a lock on the outside which must be engaged with a key to lock the door. There is no handle on the inside of the door (that is, inside the cell). The door is not locked if it is only pulled closed, but it cannot be opened from inside the cell, as there is no handle. The cells do not have any air-conditioning, or fans. There are no facilities for the young persons to access drinking water, nor are there any facilities for hand washing after using the toilet, or before eating meals. There are no windows which allow direct natural light, or ventilation.
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