The Charter of Rights for Children and Young People Detained in Training Centres clearly sets out the rights of this uniquely vulnerable group.
South Australia’s Charter is based on a model released by the Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) in 2014 and covers rights specific to young people detained in the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (KTYJC). The ACCG model drew on international agreements to which Australia is a signatory.
Three amendments were made to this model following consultation with residents, KTYJC management and staff, and other stakeholders.
Requirements for the Charter are set out in South Australia’s Youth Justice Administration Act (2016), which states that ‘a person exercising functions or powers under a relevant law must, in any dealings with, or in relation to, a youth who is in detention, have regard to, and seek to implement to the fullest extent possible, the terms of the Charter’.
Ensuring residents are aware of and supported in realising their rights is a vital protection for a vulnerable group locked away out of public sight and easily forgotten.
You can download a copy of the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People Detained in Training Centres from the link below.