Under section 37 of the Youth Justice Regulation 2003, the Department of Communities is required to provide information to the Commission about allegations of harm to young people in youth detention centres. The Commission provides a confidential annual report on its analysis of this information to the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Communities.
The Commission’s inaugural Child Guardian Report: Youth Justice System 2010 – 2011 is scheduled to be published in 2012. It will report on the outcomes of the youth justice system in accordance with the Commission’s Youth Justice System Monitoring Framework (see below).
This will include an analysis of external data sets from various agencies, such as the Department of Communities, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, Department of Attorney-General, Department of Education and Training and Department of Community Safety. It will also report on youth justice related activities conducted by the Child Guardian.
Developed by the Commission in collaboration with key youth justice system stakeholders, the Youth Justice System Monitoring Framework, is based on three domains which guide the Commission in analysing, interpreting and reporting on youth justice system data
Young people in detention have a number of avenues to raise concerns or complaints about services received while in detention, including:
The Commission is progressing a review of these mechanisms to identify any possible improvements that could contribute to better outcomes for young people in youth detention centres.
The Commission has recently completed an audit of the Department of Communities’ compliance with section 263 of the Youth Justice Act 1992. This section requires the DirectorGeneral of the Department of Communities to conduct inspections of Youth Detention Centres at least once every three months.
Eleven recommendations were made to improve compliance with the requirements of section 263 of the Youth Justice Act 1992 and Department of Communities is currently progressing implementation.
The Commission attends regular meetings with youth justice system stakeholders, including:
This page will be updated as initiatives progress
Last Updated:July 26, 2012