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Program delivery and evaluation recommendations

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

Our objectives

We will address young people’s offending behaviour with effective programs and services.

We will integrate our programs and interventions across detention and community settings.

The way forward

To achieve this we will:

  • improve job-related training for young people in detention
  • increase tailored program options to meet the individual needs of young people
  • make youth detention program timetable more flexible
  • increase youth detention program hours
  • assess all programs each year with the Standard Program Evaluation Protocol
  • strengthen links with training providers and employers in the community
  • build the capacity of non-government organisations to support young people leaving detention.


Recommendation 10 (status: closed)

The Review recommends that appropriate consideration should be given to investment in community-based wrap around services to support and coordinate with YJ. This is consistent with YJ objective to work, "in partnership with the community and other service providers to address the causes of the young person's offending" and was recommended in a number of submissions. (7.R8)

Recommendation 13 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that VET funding arrangements at BYETC and CETC should be re-examined with respect to the increased numbers of 17 year olds. Factors relevant for consideration include the type of programming that will lead to employment options for young people and ensure that the service delivery is appropriate and engaging for an older cohort. (7.R11)

Recommendation 14 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that educational programs such as those successfully introduced in the Parkville College Victoria and the Whitelion program should be considered as models for service delivery in Queensland. (7.R12)

Recommendation 17 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that the program evaluations from SPEP should be published upon completion. (9.R1)

Recommendation 18 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that SPEP should be undertaken on an annual basis to ensure that programs provided to young people in youth detention centres and in the community remain effective in addressing their specific criminogenic needs. These evaluations should be recorded and should inform the criteria for the development of specific programs each year. (9.R2)

Recommendation 19 (status: yet to commence)

The Review recommends that programs and services offered in detention centres should be flexible enough to allow effective implementation for, and participation of, young people on remand. (9.R3)

Recommendation 22 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that consultation with external stakeholders should be undertaken in the development of programs for young women.

In respect of young women, this consultation should involve key stakeholders, such as Sisters Inside, and women's health organisations. (9.R6)

Recommendation 23 (status: yet to commence)

The Review recommends that physical activity should be incorporated into school programs offered at BYDC and CYDC, and be otherwise accessible to young people at least once per day. (9.R7)

Recommendation 24 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that sports programs developed within youth detention centres should be linked to sports programs available in the community. (9.R8)

Recommendation 39 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that the Chief Executive should formulate a system with the Chief Executive (Education) and the Inspectorate to ensure that the educational facility and programs at the youth detention centres are informed of the absence of a young person, the reason for the absence and the lawful authority justifying the absence. The Review considers that the Inspectorate should remain aware of the statistics about the failure to attend educational classes and programs. Such a system should have the following features:

  1. detention centre staff in a unit must notify the educational institution that a young person from the unit is unable to attend the educational institution. The notice must be in writing and must state the lawful reason why the child is not attending the educational institution and be delivered to the school principal or delegate
  2. any child unable to attend the educational classes or programs must be delivered suitable educational materials for completion during their absence from the educational classes or programs
  3. that material is to be delivered to the person in charge of the child's unit
  4. the Principal or delegate of the educational institution must:
  1. inform the teacher or instructor of the young person's absence; and
  2. ensure that the young person who does not attend classes is provided with educational material that can be completed in the unit; and
  3. ensure that a written record is kept on One School for each school day stating the name of each young person who was absent from school classes or programs, where the child was when they were absent, and what educational work was provided for the young person to complete; and
  4. record whether the educational work was completed or record an explanation as to why the educational work was not completed.
  1. the principal or delegate must ensure that the written record of all educational classes or programs absences is provided to the Inspectorate each quarter to ensure that the information is included in the Inspectorate's Quarterly reports.
  2. the Inspectorate must liaise with Education Queensland to identify any concerning trends in the provision of education within detention centres and include any concerns and recommendations in the Inspectorate's quarterly reports. (12.R6)
Last reviewed
21 November 2017
Last updated
21 November 2017
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