Personal visits to all Victorian youth justice precincts are currently suspended to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This decision was not made lightly but is necessary to protect the health and safety of young people and staff in youth justice facilities.

Visits will resume when health authorities say it is safe to do so.

It is important that young people continue to have regular visual contact with parents, carers and other approved personal visitors. Instead of face to face visits, young people and their visitors may have contact using phone and Skype.

Visitors should contact the Daily Movements Coordinator on 1300 064 035 or ypdailymovements@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) to arrange their contact.

Professional visits

Professional visits are permitted but are limited to essential visits only. Youth Justice has implemented a new procedure for assessing whether professional visits are essential.

Youth Justice will work with professional visitors to make alternative arrangements if their visit is assessed as non-essential.

Contractors conducting essential maintenance or construction work will still be permitted to enter.

Screening all visitors

All essential professional and contract visitors continuing to attend in person must be subject to screening questions for COVID-19 risk when they:

  • call to book a personal visit with the Daily Movements Coordinator
  • present at a Youth Justice Precinct.

Screening questions are based on current medical advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and Department of Health and Human Services.

If a visitor fails the screening questions they will not be allowed to enter the Youth Justice Precinct and asked to leave.

The precinct General Manager retains discretion to allow visits or arrange alternative 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).

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