Monthly Archives: November 2017

Youth Detention royal commission into NT has lessons for Victoria

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (NTRC) found shocking and systemic failures occurred over many years and were known and ignored at the highest levels. It calls for the shutting down of Don Dale and a major overhaul and rethink of youth justice, child protection & detention. Many might assume the disturbing practices revealed are limited to the NT, however, similar behaviours and practices have been documented in all youth detention facilities throughout Australia including Victoria. In Victoria, staff working in youth detention facilities have 3 weeks of training & do not need to have any experience with youth.