As of 4 February 2021, all in-person personal visits to Victorian youth justice precincts have been suspended.

A range of measures are in place to reduce the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) getting into Youth Justice custodial facilities.

These measures are informed by advice from the Department of Health and are there to protect young people, staff and everyone entering Youth Justice precincts including service providers, contractors, and professional and personal visitors.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease in the community, we will also take a stepped approach to easing restrictions in Youth Justice custodial facilities.

The potential for coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread in Youth Justice custodial facilities remains an ongoing challenge. This is why Youth Justice is easing restrictions cautiously in order to minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Personal visits

As of Thursday 4 February 2021:  

All in-person personal visits have been suspended until further notice while the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is assessed. Visits will recommence as soon as possible, but only when it is safe to do so.

Virtual visits via Zoom bookings remain available.

Young people can speak with their families and case managers regarding booking visits.

Families can also request visits now by calling the visits booking number on 1300 064 035.

Professional visits

As of Friday 12 February 2021:

Face-to-face professional visits are limited to essential professional visits only. Professional visits may include visits from legal representatives, court related assessments or the Independent Visitors Program.

Essential face-to-face professional visits have continued throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with case-by-case assessments of what constitutes an essential professional visit.

Young people can also continue to access virtual professional visits, alongside face-to-face visits.

Information

Families and young people will be kept informed about any further changes to visits or Youth Justice’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can read more information about the preventative measures in place and the continuation of Youth Justice operations.

For the latest update on coronavirus (COVID-19) go to the Victorian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) website (External link).