The use of segregation for children in Australian youth detention systems: An argument for prohibition

Grant, E, Lulham, R and Naylor, B 2017, 'The use of segregation for children in Australian youth detention systems: An argument for prohibition', Advancing Corrections Journal, pp. 117-136.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The use of segregation for children in Australian youth detention systems: An argument for prohibition
Author(s) Grant, E
Lulham, R
Naylor, B
Year 2017
Journal name Advancing Corrections Journal
Start page 117
End page 136
Total pages 20
Publisher International Corrections & Prisons Association
Abstract In 2016, the Australia Federal Government called a formal public inquiry under the arrangement of a Royal Commission to investigate the care and custody arrangements of children under detention orders in the Northern Territory. The NT youth detention system has been shown to be over-reliant on segregation as a behavior management tool which has likely resulted in the abuse of children in their care. This paper examines literature on the use of segregation to explain the progressively degenerating behavior of the children in custody and the likely negative physical and psychological impacts to the children involved. The paper calls for the prohibition of segregation of children arguing that a paradigm shift in the youth detention system to a model employing non-institutional care with trauma informed practice needs to be made.
Subject Social and Cultural Anthropology
Criminology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) prisons
human rights
justice
segregation
detention
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