Youth justice centres (17.08.2016)

Written on the 1 September 2016

17 August 2016


Questions without notice


Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

My question is to the Minister for Families and Children. As reported on 27 July 2016 by numerous news outlets, a Victorian teenager was held in isolation for 10 days in the Victorian youth detention centre at Malmsbury. Minister, who approved this period of isolation, and when were you made aware that a teenager had been held in isolation for 10 days?


Supplementary question

Minister, I thank you for answering my question for the first time in a number of weeks.

Minister, you have outlined various elements in relation to my question, but you did not actually answer it, so I will ask it again. When were you first made aware that this teenager was under that management plan that you just described?


Ms CROZIER - My question is again to the Minister for Families and Children.

Minister, given that you tweeted that you are 'appalled about the barbaric practices' seen recently in the Northern Territory youth justice system and that the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 sets out a list of actions which are prohibited in relation to a person detained in a youth justice centre and the first one is the use of isolation as a punishment, under what circumstances was the authorisation provided for the teenager that I spoke about before to be placed in isolation?

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