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Review of the Northern Territory Youth Detention System Report - January 2015



Review of the Northern Territory Youth Detention System Report - January 2015,

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Northern Territory review into youth detention centres, Vita report,


Vita, Michael,


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The Northern Territory Government has commissioned this independent review into youth detention within the youth justice system, following a series of serious incidents which had resulted in the closure of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. Mr Michael Vita, from the New South Wales Juvenile Justice department, was engaged to conduct the review. This report presents the findings and recommendations of the review. It looks at: procedures and practices for the control and management of detainees, security practices and protocols, the contributing factors to recent incidents, the ability and likelihood of the Northern Territory Youth Justice Framework to address systemic youth detention issues, a proposal to use the existing Berrimah Correctional Centre as a youth detention centre, and the immediate challenges facing current youth detention centres. The youth detainee population has risen steadily over the last few years in the Northern Territory: remanded detainees account for the majority of the detainee population and Indigenous youth are over-represented.,


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).,

Table of contents

Acknowledgments -- Background and methodology -- Executive Summary -- Recommendations -- Terms of Reference -- Review the structure, management and operating practices of Youth Detention Centres (YDCs) -- Procedures manual and standard operating procedures -- incentives scheme -- Classification -- Training, rostering and staffing -- Behaviour Management and use of Force -- Warby Behaviour intervention program -- Family Responsibility Centres -- Quality Assurance -- Meetings (Communication) -- Case Management -- Offence Focused Programming -- Assessment -- Behaviour Management Plans -- Rick Assessment -- Immediate Challenges facing the delivery of Youth Detention Services at the Holtze and the Alice Springs YDCs -- Immedicate Challenges Facing the Delivery of Youth Detention Centres As they are transitioned from teh Holtze YDC to the Berrimah YDC -- The Pattern of Contributing Factors and Issues Surrounding Significant Incidents in Youth Detention since December 2009 -- Summary of Incidents December 2009 - September 2014 -- The Ability of Youth Detention to cnribute to the Northern Territory Department of Correctional services (NTDCS) Strategic Intent Plan and its Key Milestones -- The Ability and Likelihood of the Northern Territory Youth Justice Framework to Addres Systemic Youth Detention Issues -- To make Recommendatios about the Government's Recent Proposal to use the exiting Berrimah Correctional Centre as a Youth Detention Facility -- annex 1 Incentive Scheme -- annex 2 Classification scoring and Classification -- annex 3 training -- annex 4 behaviour intervention framework chart and policy -- annex 5 use of force -- annex 6 Warby program -- annex 7 case management CSA, incentive scheme CSA, misbehaviour CSA, use of force CSA, segregation CSA, D14.11604 JJC quality assurance policy, D14.11617 JJQA centres guide 2015 -- Tasmanina Govt letter -- annex 8 chart facilitat guie and chart resources -- annex 9 YLSI,




Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, Holtze Youth Detention Centre, Northern Territory. Department of Correctional Services, Juvenile detention homes -- Northern Territory, Juvenile delinquents -- Rehabilitation -- Northern Territory,

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Northern Territory Government,

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1 electronic text (52, [6] page + annex 9) : PDF file.,

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0),

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Northern Territory Government,



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/241809 [Review of the Northern Territory Youth Justice system : report],

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