Personal visits to all Victorian youth justice precincts will recommence from Friday 11 December 2020.
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 Human Services (DHHS) 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 will recommence from Friday 11 December 2020.
All personal visits will need to be pre-booked and subject to indoor physical distancing limits for each of the visiting areas.
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.
Virtual personal visits will remain in place to provide options for families and young people, particularly for those separated by distance.
From Monday 14 December 2020, additional professional visits will return on-site in the Visitor’s Centre. 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.
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 .