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Background

Behaviour management practices in youth custodial facilities have received national media attention following an ABC’s Four Corners program in July 2016 about the Northern Territory’s Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. The following day the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory was announced. In September 2016 an independent inquiry …

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Conclusion

Behaviour management practices at Banksia Hill have been inconsistent, inexplicit and ineffective. The problems are exacerbated by the lack of options created through having only one facility. Staff have been understandably confused and frustrated by the poorly implemented attempt to move Banksia Hill towards trauma informed practice. However, the concept of trauma informed care is …

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Key Findings

The single facility has not worked Banksia Hill has struggled since becoming the state’s sole youth custody centre. There are not enough dispersal options to manage the complexity of the population. A single unit (Harding) is used for multiple disparate purposes which are constantly changing. There are physical deficiencies across the site and in the …

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Recommendations

Continue to pursue a trauma informed model of treatment for young people in detention. Investigate opportunities for small residential youth justice facilities across Western Australia to keep young people close to their families and networks, and to increase the prospects of successful rehabilitation. Improve clarity and communication about short term and long term strategies for Banksia …

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