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Young people in detention

Points of Interest

The Department of Corrective Services manages one custodial facility for young people aged between 10 and 17 years at Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

This facility is managed by Youth Justice Services, which follows the belief that young people should only go into detention as a last resort or when the offence they have committed is extremely serious.

Being held in a detention centre is often very upsetting for both the young person and their families. Youth Justice Services helps young people and their families understand what causes them to offend and to find out what support can be given to help the young person change their behaviour.

Constructive day

When young people are in a detention centre, it is important they take part in activities such as school and other activities, that would be expected of them in the wider community. Structured activities like this are known as a constructive day.

Young people in detention aged 17 and under have to attend school. Those above school age can either continue their studies or take part in training aimed at helping them get a job after they are released. Some young people may also be involved in psychological or social development programs to help them to develop life skills.

It is very important young people experience a 'normal' lifestyle while in detention. Some young people are not used to going to bed at the same time each night, or getting permission from adults to do things, so this can be a new lifestyle for them. It is important for young people to learn these things so they can lead law-abiding lifestyles.

The young people are also given a lot of structured and unstructured recreation time after usual school hours and on weekends for sport and other activities.

Page last updated: 17-Oct-2016