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

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Title

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

Other title

Northern Territory review into youth detention centres; Vita report

Creator

Vita, Michael

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

2015-01

Description

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.

Notes

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

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Format

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

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Related links

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

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/262722

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/477672

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Page content

Module 6 Relapse Prevention Planning: 1. Client demonstrates an understanding that offending involves a series of choices, and has a clear understanding of both lapse and relapse. 2. Client understands the meaning of relapse prevention and its importance in reducing their risk of offending. 3. Client develops a personalised relapse prevention plan (with assistance) that is practised and reviewed. Explain the meaning of a relapse prevention plan and its importance in reducing their risk of re-offending again. (It is the art of planning ahead for high risk situations, where clients might find it hard to resist from offending). People have more success changing when they plan it, rather than just leaving things to chance. Assist clients to recognise their high risk situations, triggers, red flags, negative thoughts. Correct clients thinking errors Assist the client to rehearse strategies noted in their relapse prevention plan (Encourage clients to plan ahead, find alternative behaviours, practice their refusal skills when dealing with other offenders and self-monitoring for high risk situations). Continuously promote the clients use of problem solving and coping skills. You have the ability to prepare the client for the possibility of a slip/ lapse / mistake. Support the development of self-control, lifestyle balance, the development of a positive support network. If completing CHART (not doing any further discretionary modules) complete the feedback on CHART (Worksheet 2) and the post CHART evaluation (Decisional Balance Scale and My Motivation and Confidence Scale). Client Objectives: Staff Objectives: Reminders for staff: Creative Ideas for Module 6: Through a role play scenario, the client is able to difference between lapse and relapse. Over a set period of time, the client is able to identifying other situations where they have either gone through a lapse in behaviour or totally relapsed, e.g. relationships, school attendance, not smoking. Use magazine cut outs, art, drawings to complete the relapse plan. (This can be done on the white board, butchers paper, the worksheets). Role play the clients relapse prevention plan, to safely reality test it in the community. Use High Risk situation cards to test the clients skills. CHART Facilitator guide and resources NSW Juvenile Justice v1.0 FINAL Page 49 of 61


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