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Welcome to Ashley Youth Detention Centre. Presentation for South Pacific Council of Youth and Children’s Courts Conference Bill Smith, Centre Manager and Jane Douglas, Assistant Centre Manager. Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania. MINISTER. Children's Commissioner. SECRETARY.

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welcome to ashley youth detention centre
Welcome toAshley Youth Detention Centre

Presentation forSouth Pacific Council of Youth and Children’s Courts Conference

Bill Smith, Centre Manager and Jane Douglas, Assistant Centre Manager


Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania





Executive and

Portfolio Services

Internal Audit

Human Services

and Housing Division

Corporate and

Strategic Support

Community, Population

and Rural Health

Hospital and

Ambulance Services

Primary Health

Oral Health


Housing Tasmania

Population Health

Disability Services

Community Support

Children and

Families sub Division


Health Services

Alcohol and

Drug Services

Mental Health




Family, Child and

Youth Health

Child and Family


Youth Justice

Child and Family

Service Centres


Youth Justice


Youth Justice

(Ashley Youth

Detention Centre)

Care and Protection

Our Kids Program

Domestic Violence

Crisis Service

Adoption and

Information Service

ashley youth detention centre
Ashley Youth Detention Centre



Centre Manager


Professional Services

Operations Manager

FSS Manager

Manager Business Operations



Program Coordinator

CoordinatorCase Management

Admin Spt Officer

Executive Assistant

Operations Supervisor





Admin Officer

Program Officer

Case Manager

Operations Coordinator

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Site Services Officer

Stores Officer

Technical Programs Officer

Conferencing Coordinator

Team Leader

Catering Officer

Operations Support Officer


Admissions Officer

Sport & Recreation Officer

Youth Worker

Youth Worker Casual Pool

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Ashley Youth Detention Centre
  • Tasmania’s only youth custodial facility
    • Young men and women aged 10 – 17 years inclusive
    • Remand and Detention orders
  • Gazetted as a Youth Detention Centre under the Youth Justice Act 1997 in February 2000
    • Practice shift from “welfare” to “restorative justice” model
    • Changing Client Profile
  • $7m capital works project 1999 – 2001
    • Ongoing capital works and service improvement
our purpose and vision
Our Purpose and Vision
  • Purpose
    • To provide secure care and custody for young men and women who are remanded or sentenced by the courts, through the provision of rehabilitative programs in accordance with the principles of the Youth Justice Act 1997.
  • Vision
    • Working Together to Enhance a Young Person’s return to the Community
our clients statistical overview 2004 05
Our Clients – Statistical Overview2004/05
  • There were 200 admissions to the Centre, an increase of 14% on 2003/04 and 35% on 2001/02
  • Remands accounted for 93% of all admissions
  • 20% of young people admitted were aged 10 – 14 years
  • 50% of young people admitted were aged 15 – 16 years
  • 30% of young people admitted were 17 years or older
  • 17% of admissions were females
  • Average length of stay on remand is 38 days
  • Average length of stay on detention is 96 days
our clients social overview
Our Clients – Social Overview
  • Young Aborigines continue to be over represented in detention (6.5% of admissions)
  • A large proportion of young people in custody are affected by neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Many detainees have committed serious offences involving violence
  • Some suffer depression and emotional instability
  • A significant number of young people in custody report having attempted suicide or self harm
  • Many leave school before year 8 and have low literacy skills
key service outcomes
Key Service Outcomes
  • Provision of a high quality secure care environment for young people
  • Rehabilitation of young people in custody to enable them to become more responsible citizens
  • Improved health and well being outcomes for young people in custody
  • Improved capacity for reintegration of young people
  • Promotion of organisation and management structure that provides “best practice” service for young people in custody
  • Promotion of the five principles of restorative justice:
    • Responsibility
    • Rehabilitation
    • Reparation
    • Diversion
    • Deterrence
case management at ashley youth detention centre
Case Management at Ashley Youth Detention Centre
  • Responsibility
    • Developing a sense of responsibility is critical to learn pro social behaviour
  • Rehabilitation
    • Addressing the risk factors of re offending
      • Cultural Factors
      • Unemployment
      • Literacy/Numeracy
      • Drug/Substance Abuse
      • Developmental stage
      • History of Child Abuse/Neglect/Domestic Violence
      • Mental Health Issues
      • Family Background
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Case Management at Ashley Youth Detention Centre
  • Reparation
    • Repairing the damage that has been done through engaging in programs and services and reducing the risk of re offending
  • Deterrence
    • Once the young person is returned to the community, deterring the incidence of re offending through heightened social responsibility
  • Diversion
    • Strengthening family, community and cultural relationships to minimise the social impact of detention
programs at ashley youth detention centre the what works model
Programs at Ashley Youth Detention CentreThe “What Works” Model





Drug & Alcohol

Violence/Anger Mgt

Therapeutic Art


Direct Therapeutic Intervention for

Clinical Conditions

Change of Ideas and Behaviours that

influence Offending Behaviour

Intensive Programs for

Serious and Persistent Offenders

Direct Offending Focus



Identified Criminogenic Needs

Victim Empathy

Challenging Offending Behaviour

Therapeutic Wilderness Program

Offence Focussed,

Criminogenic Programs

For Medium to High Risk



Vocational and Educational Training (VET)

On site/Off site Work Experience

Skills and Attitudes that support living within an External Social


Social Integration


Parenting, Personalised Training, Internal Project Hahn

Off site Recreational and Community focussed Activities

Gardening, Maintenance, Art, Sport, Leisure/Negotiated Activities

Skills and Attitudes that support living within an Internal Local Environment

Local Integration Programs

Sentence Administration

behaviour development
Behaviour Development
  • Young people learn that they can make choices about their behaviour and that those choices may lead to consequences that are either rewarding or produce sanctions.
  • This will help them develop behaviours that will assist them to successfully move back into the community.
  • Behaviour development is comprised of two schemes designed to support positive behaviour and manage negative behaviour. They are:
  • Behaviour development therefore puts into operation several principles of restorative justice.
the incentive scheme
The Incentive Scheme
  • The purposes of the Incentive Scheme are to reward desirable behaviour and increase the likelihood of its reoccurrence.
  • Punishment is not the purpose of the incentive scheme.
  • Earned rewards should not be taken away to inhibit negative behaviour.
  • Behaviour that is rewarded should be realistic and achievable for the client.
  • Rewards should apply to behaviour that lead to acquisition of social, educational and organisational development.
  • The Young Person is to be provided with opportunities to learn to make choices, manage their own behaviour responsibly and is to be encouraged to take responsibility for their actions.
  • Desirable behaviours should be concrete, specific and operational.
  • Rewards must be what young people want and value.
  • Rewards do not include clients entitlements, rights and obligations.
  • Solutions must be practical.
  • The Scheme must be simple and clear.
incident management
Incident Management
  • The purpose of this scheme is to restore the Young Person and the Detention Centre to the healthy state that existed before the incident occurred. In this sense incident management constitutes a practice of restorative justice in a custodial setting. It is used to ensure the SAFETY of all residents and staff at the Centre at all times.
  • Incidents are categorised as
  • The Incentive Scheme and Incident Management Schemes are interrelated. There may be some consequences to the Young Persons level within the Incentive Scheme if their behaviour warrants detention offence or minor incident proceedings.
  • Isolation cannot be used as a punishment. Isolation is used to manage behaviour. There are statutory provisions concerning for what reason and the secretary’s instruction for how long isolation can be used.
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