Youth Justice Legislation Amendment Bill introduced to parliament

On Wednesday 21 March the Minister introduced the first Youth Justice Legislation amendment Bill to parliament.

The Youth Justice Legislation Amendment Bill is the beginning of an extensive law reform process which will drive the cultural shift needed to embed a new whole-of-life approach to the way we work with children, young people and their families.

This Bill addressed seven of the key recommendations from the Royal Commission relating to use of force and restraints, separation and personal searches for young people in detention.

These changes will:

  • prohibit the use of force, restraints and isolation for the purposes of disciplining a child or young person in detention
  • clearly define and limit the circumstances upon when and how the use of force and restraints can be used towards young people in detention;
  • regulate and restrict the circumstances when strip searches can be conducted; and
  • prohibit the isolation of young people, and clarify the circumstances and ways in which young people can be separated when in detention.

The Youth Justice Legislation Amendment Bill will be read again in the Legislative Assembly after 30 days.

This is a momentous occasion for Territory Families and we look forward to continuing on this journey to rebuild and make a better, more efficient Youth Justice and Care and Protection system for children, young people and families across the Territory.

Last updated: 10 April 2018