Tag: secure custody

April 24, 2018

South Australia’s Aboriginal[1] children and young people are vastly over-represented in in state care and in detention centres, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2018 (ROGS 2018) and the trends are not positive. The ROGS 2018 data on child protection showed that at 30 June 2017, Aboriginal children and young people comprised…

April 5, 2018

Penny Wright is Training Centre Visitor in addition to being Guardian for Children and Young People. Work is well underway to set up the new Training Centre Visitor (TCV) Program established by the Youth Justice Administration Act, 2016. At the heart of the new program is the obligation to listen to and promote the best…

February 15, 2018

Findings from a recent study by paediatricians and researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute has revealed the high rate of neurodevelopmental impairment in young people in youth detention in Western Australia. Almost 90 percent of detainees suffered from some sort of impairment and over one third showed severe physical and mental impairment due to excessive…

November 7, 2017

7 November 2017 It is now just over three months since I took up the role of Guardian and to say it has been a busy time is an understatement! A new job always brings many pressing tasks – but I have been keen to get out into the field and meet as many people…

October 12, 2017

In April 2013 we published an interview with Professor Andrew Day which discussed the importance of rehabilitation for those young people who find themselves involved with the justice system. It pointed to the research evidence that clearly demonstated that good programs, when they are well implemented, can reduce youth re-offending rates by up to 40…

October 2, 2017

3 October, 2017 The Adelaide Youth Training Centre (AYTC) is housed on two campuses in Cavan, north of the Grand Junction road.  One campus caters for female residents, younger male residents and young people in overnight remand and the other houses older male residents. In 2016-17 there were 887 total admissions accounting for 388 individual…

June 26, 2017

26 June 2017 The oversight of the South Australia’s Youth Training Centre will be energised by the Australian Government’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). This coincides with work in South Australia on Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 initiatives such as…

November 15, 2016

15 November, 2016 Young people in care are much more likely than their age peers to be involved with the youth justice system and a recent analysis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)[1] has demonstrated exactly to what extent. Of the 30,402 young people involved in the child protection system or under…

October 13, 2016

13 October, 2016 The year 2015-16 saw the number of South Australian children under care and guardianship-to-18 orders increase by 324 or 12 per cent since June 2015. .Also increased was the proportion of children in care of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage from 29.4 to 32.8 per cent and the proportion in kinship care from 37.6…

February 23, 2016

The just-released Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 2013–14 has confirmed the concerning trend that young people who are in state care are much more likely to enter youth justice detention. Data from the participating states* shows:. young people who were the subject of a care…