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  • Custodial operations
  • Community services
  • Previous updates

Current status

As of 7 January 2022

There are currently eight young people at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct who have tested positive to COVID-19. These young people are in isolation in accordance with our protective measures and are being provided with ongoing wellbeing support and medical care.

There are currently 42 staff members and seven contractors who have tested positive to COVID-19 and are isolating at home. Close contacts among staff and young people are being identified and will continue to be monitored, assessed, and provided with a range of supports. 

Personal visits are being conducted online.

Face-to-face professional visits are limited to essential professional visits only. Young people can continue to access virtual professional visits, alongside face-to-face visits.

Youth Justice has a COVID-19 management plan in place which is frequently reviewed in line with current public health advice.

  • COVID-19 admission arrangements for all new receptions remain in place.
  • Advice on public exposure sites and community outbreaks changes rapidly. People should refer to coronavirus.vic.gov.au (External link) for the most up-to-date information on Victorian outbreaks.

Case updates

As of 6 January 2022

Five staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway for three of the cases, with two not infectious whilst on site.

One staff member at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

See our previous updates below

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Custodial operations

Custodial facilities are operational

Youth Justice is continuing to operate its custodial facilities at the Parkville and Malmsbury precincts.

Youth Justice has a COVID-19 management plan in place which is frequently reviewed in line with current health advice.

Personal visits

Personal visits are being conducted remotely at present.

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

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

Professional visits

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.

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

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

Current admissions process

All young people entering custody are tested for COVID-19 on arrival and are required to spend 14 days in isolation.

COVID-19 isolation arrangements are vital to protect young people and staff and have helped prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Youth Justice custodial facilities.

Isolation arrangements are being continuously reviewed, based on transmission risk in the broader community and current public health advice

Meeting young people's needs

Where required, Youth Justice is equipped to deliver services remotely, including:

  • education and case management services
  • visits for young people with loved ones
  • cultural and religious supports
  • some medical and mental health checks.

Primary health and most mental health services – including nursing, general practitioner (GP) and specialist Intensive Intervention Unit services – continue to be delivered on-site when required, in line with COVIDSafe principles.

Education and training

Education and training programs are being delivered face-to-face for most children and young people.

Temporary leave

Temporary leave arrangements are limited to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Temporary leave is managed subject to a case-by-case risk assessment.

Mitigating transmission risks

A number of precautionary measures are in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in youth justice facilities.

This includes the compulsory wearing of face masks and eye protection by all staff, visitors and contractors, temperature testing for staff on arrival and screening of all visitors and staff when they call to book a visit or attend a Youth Justice Precinct.

In line with public health requirements all staff, visitors and contractors will be required to wear a fitted face mask when on site at Youth Justice Precincts. There are limited exceptions to this requirement, including where wearing a face mask would pose a risk to health and safety, or where not wearing a mask is necessary to engage with a young person in a particular circumstance.

Advice about face masks and the latest information and updates for Victoria can be found at coronavirus.vic.gov.au (External link)

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Community services

Continuing our strong community services

Youth Justice is continuing to supervise young people who are subject to community-based orders.

Using remote supervision

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth Justice has used remote service delivery to supervise young people, with the assistance of technology (for example, Zoom and Skype).

For young people who do not have access to such technology, Youth Justice has provided devices to facilitate their ongoing supervision.

Increasing in-person supervision

The level of face-to-face support to young people under Youth Justice supervision continues to be informed by public health advice, risks to community safety and the needs of young people and their families.

Supporting the operation of Courts

Youth Justice continues to work with the Children’s Court of Victoria during the pandemic to ensure court matters are progressed.

The Children’s Court Youth Diversion service continues to operate.

Children and young people in custody who need to appear before courts can do so remotely via technology and audio-visual link. 

Youth Justice is also supporting children and young people on supervised community-based orders who need to appear before courts. Young people can access the courts remotely via secure technology, or attend in person, as directed by the court.

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Previous updates

 

January 2022

As of 5 January 2022

Five staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway for all, but two who were not infectious whilst on site. 

Two staff members at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

One contractor at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 4 January 2022

Three staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway for one of the cases with the other two not infectious whilst on site.

One young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. The young person is in COVID-19 isolation.

As of 3 January 2022

Eight staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway for all but one who was not infectious whilst on site.

Five contractors at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

Two young people at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. The young people are in COVID-19 isolation.

As of 2 January 2022

Three staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 1 January 2022

Two staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

 

December 2021

As of 31 December 2021

Four staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

One young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. The young person is in COVID-19 isolation.

As of 30 December 2021

Three young people at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. The young people are in COVID-19 isolation.

Three staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

A staff member at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

As of 29 December 2021

Two staff members and a contractor at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 28 December 2021

A staff member at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and a staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 27 December 2021

A young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 26 December 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

 

November 2021

As of 24 November 2021

There are currently no young people in Youth Justice precincts who have tested positive to COVID-19. 

There are currently no staff members or contractors who have tested positive to COVID-19 and are isolating at home.

As of 23 November 2021

There are currently no young people in Youth Justice precincts who have tested positive to COVID-19. 

There are currently two staff members and no contractors who have tested positive to COVID-19 and are isolating at home. Close contacts among staff and young people will continue to be monitored, assessed, and provided with a range of supports. 

As of 19 November 2021

There is currently one young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct who has tested positive to COVID-19. This young person remains isolated in accordance with relevant legislation.

There are currently four staff members and no contractors who have tested positive to COVID-19 and are isolating at home. Close contacts among staff and young people will continue to be monitored, assessed, and provided with a range of supports. 

As of 17 November 2021

There is currently one young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct who has tested positive to COVID-19. This young person remains isolated in accordance with relevant legislation.

There are currently five staff members and no contractors who have tested positive to COVID-19 and are isolating at home. Close contacts among staff and young people will continue to be monitored, assessed, and provided with a range of supports. 

As of 15 November 2021

One young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct tested positive to COVID-19. This young person has been released from custody and will isolate in the community.

As of 9 November 2021

There are currently five young people at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct who have tested positive to COVID-19. These young people remain isolated in accordance with relevant legislation.

There are currently six staff members and two contractors who have tested positive to COVID-19 and are isolating at home. Close contacts among staff and young people will continue to be monitored, assessed, and provided with a range of supports. 

As of 8 November 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

A young person was received at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct on 8 November 2021 who had returned a positive result to COVID-19 prior to arrival. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 5 November 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

A young person was received at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct on 5 November 2021 who had returned a positive result to COVID-19 prior to arrival. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 3 November 2021

Two young people were received at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct on 3 November 2021 who had returned a positive result to COVID-19 prior to arrival. The young people have been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

A young person received at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct on 2 November 2021 has returned a positive result to COVID-19 prior to arrival. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

 

October 2021

As of 30 October 2021

A young person, who was newly received in COVID-19 isolation at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, returned a positive result to COVID-19 on 30 October 2021. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 28 October 2021

One young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct tested positive to COVID-19. This young person has been released from custody and will isolate in the community.

Two young people were received at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct on 28 October 2021 who had returned a positive result to COVID-19 prior to arrival. The young people have been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 26 October 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

As of 21 October 2021

Two contractors at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

As of 16 October 2021

A contractor at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. They have not been on site whilst infectious.

A young person at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 13 October 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 12 October 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 11 October 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 10 October 2021

Two staff members at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

As of 8 October 2021

A young person was received at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct on 8 October 2021 who had returned a positive result to COVID-19 prior to arrival. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 7 October 2021

A staff member at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19. There are currently no restrictions to movements for young people, as none have been identified as at risk of exposure.

Two young people at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19. Both young people have been released from custody and are being supervised in the community.

As of 6 October 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19.

The movement of some young people has been temporarily restricted while contact tracing is completed.

As of 5 October 2021

A contractor at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19.

The movement of some young people was temporarily restricted while contact tracing was completed.

As of 4 October 2021

A young person was received at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct on 4 October 2021 who had returned a positive result to COVID-19 prior to arrival. The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

A staff member at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and a contractor at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct have tested positive to COVID-19.

The movement of some young people was temporarily restricted while contact tracing was completed.

As of 3 October 2021

A young person, who was newly received in COVID-19 isolation at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, returned a positive result to COVID-19 on 3 October 2021.

The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

 

September 2021

As of 28 September 2021

A young person, who was newly received in COVID-19 isolation at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, returned a positive result to COVID-19 on 28 September 2021.

The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 22 September 2021

A young person, who was newly received in COVID-19 isolation at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, returned a positive result to COVID-19 on Tuesday 21 September.

The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 21 September 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19 on Tuesday 21 September 2021.

The movement of some young people was temporarily restricted while contact tracing was completed.

As of 19 September 2021

A young person, who was newly received in COVID-19 isolation at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, returned a positive result to COVID-19 on Saturday 18 September.

The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 17 September 2021

A young person, who was newly received in COVID-19 isolation at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, returned a positive result to COVID-19 on Thursday 16 September.

The young person was in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 16 September 2021

A young person, who was newly received in COVID-19 isolation at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, returned a positive result to COVID-19 on Wednesday 15 September.

The young person has been in COVID-19 isolation since their arrival.

As of 13 September 2021

A contractor at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct tested positive to COVID-19 on Monday 13 September.

There are currently no restrictions to movements for young people, as none have been identified as at risk of exposure.

As of 10 September 2021

A staff member at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct has tested positive to COVID-19 on Friday 10 September.

The movement of young people was temporarily restricted while contact tracing was completed.