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Cultural services and support recommendations

The Review made 83 recommendations. These have been sorted into work programs for implementation.

Our objectives

Youth detention centres will be culturally safe spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. This means that our organisation and our staff will provide quality services that fit with the cultural values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We will nurture and support young people’s connections with:

  • family
  • community
  • culture
  • country.

The way forward

To achieve our objectives we will:

  • build on the skills, knowledge and practices of our staff in youth detention centres to plan, support, improve and deliver services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • make decisions that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in a culturally respectful and appropriate way
  • improve cultural supports, services and programs in youth detention centres
  • grow our relationships with Elders and communities so that young people are better supported when they leave detention
  • encourage family visits
  • encourage cultural visits
  • develop our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce
  • have a network of cultural advisors and cultural units across Youth Justice to lead and support this work.

Recommendations

Recommendation 7 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations should play a key role in stakeholder consultation. (7.R5)

Consultation is taking place through the Youth Justice First Nations Action Board and the stakeholder groups.

Recommendation 12 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that if Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are transferred from remote and regional areas of the state, appropriate cultural visits from the young person’s community should be arranged in person or with the use of video conferencing. (7.R10)

Recommendation 25 (status: closed)

The Review recommends that external stakeholders should be invited to join the FNAB. (9.R9)

External stakeholders are invited, as appropriate, to participate in Youth Justice First Nations Action Board sub-group meetings across the state.

Recommendation 26 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that consultation with external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders to develop, design and implement cultural-specific programs should occur as a matter of priority.

In respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, this should include consultation with community Elders. (9.R10)

Recommendation 71 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that a communication liaison position should be created to manage individual complaints and incidents relating to use of force and separation within the detention centres, ensuring consistent and adequate communication with parents, families and guardians is provided. (17.R13)

Recommendation 72 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that parents and guardians should be advised of all incidents occurring in youth detention centres for which their children are subjected to use of force, restrained, separated or as a result of which they may have suffered harm as defined in the Youth Justice Act 1992, Section 268. (17.R14)

Recommendation 75 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that a communication liaison position should be created to manage individual incidents, use of force and separation within the detention centres, and should ensure that consistent and adequate communication with parents, families and guardians is provided. (18.R2)

Last reviewed
27 September 2017
Last updated
27 September 2017
 
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