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How use of force against detainees in Juvenile Justice Centres in NSW is managed​​​​


Terms of re​fe​rence ​

The Inspector of Custodial Services will examine how use of force against detainees in juvenile justice centres in NSW is managed, with particular reference to:

  • relevant standards, legislation, policies and procedures
  • training staff receive about the lawful and proper use of force, instruments of restraint, reporting of incidents and record-keeping
  • equipment and instruments available to staff
  • the circumstances in which force is used and the types of force used
  • actions taken in response to force being used, including the provision of medical attention and/or support to detainees and staff
  • measures to ensure adequate and appropriate accountability for individual incidents and use of force at the systemic level
  • strategies used to improve practice, and
  • any other related manner.

The Inspector of Custodial Services will also examine how the use of separation, segregation and confinement of detainees in juvenile justice centres in NSW is managed, with particular reference to:

  • relevant standards, legislation, policies and procedures
  • training staff receive about the lawful and proper use of separation, segregation and confinement
  • the circumstances that lead to detainees being placed in separation, segregation or confinement
  • the “Chisholm Behaviour Program” and the use of detainee risk management plans
  • the length of time spent in rooms and best practice with regard to time spent out of rooms
  • the conditions for detainees during placement in separation, segregation or confinement
  • measures to ensure adequate and appropriate accountability, including delegation, reviews, record keeping and reporting
  • strategies used to improve practice, and
  • any other related matter

The following centres have been selected for this inspection:

  • Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre
  • Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre
  • Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre
  • Orana Juvenile Justice Centre
  • Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre
  • Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre

The terms of reference relating to use of force were initially published 24 June 2016, with five centres selected for inspection. Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre was added to the inspection schedule on 4 October 2016. The terms of reference were amended on 4 November 2016 to include inspection of issues relating to separation, segregation and confinement. ​


Terms of Reference 4 November 2016 [PDF 187kb]