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Current status

As of 22 September 2021

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

Two staff members and one contractor have tested positive to COVID-19. All three are isolating at home. Close contacts among staff and young people have been 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.

Latest updates

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 Wednesday 21 September 2021.

The movement of some young people has been 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.

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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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