Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Commission hears from staff, managers and ministers responsible for youth detention

This week the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory resumed public hearings in Alice Springs.

The Commission heard many perspectives, including from those responsible for youth detention in the Northern Territory, those working in the system and from young people in the system.

Current and former detainees spoke about their personal experiences in detention and gave an account of their time in Aranda House and the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre.
The youth justice officers gave evidence about some specific incidents and some of the difficulties they face in doing their jobs.

The Commission heard from people who were in charge – in both Alice Springs and Darwin - about why they made some of the decisions they did.

A range of experts gave evidence about their experiences with youth detention. These included:

  • Professor John Rynne, Director Youth Forensic Service, Griffith University
  • Panel - Marion Guppy, Deputy Chief Executive, School Education; David Glyde, teacher; Brett McNair, Acting Principal, Tivendale School
  • Antoinette Carroll, Coordinator of the Youth Justice Advocacy Project (CAALAS)
  • Christine Conners, General Manager, Darwin Region & Strategic Primary Health Care

Information is gathered by the Royal Commission in a number of ways including through our public hearings, submissions, site visits, stakeholder engagement and community meetings.

As part of this information gathering, the Commissioners also met with Alice Springs Police Officers this week who spoke about their experiences on the frontline with young people, and put forward suggestions for areas of improvement.

The Community Engagement team also met with a number of community leaders in Alice Springs who are working on the ground to support young people in the region. 

The transcripts, statements and exhibits from the Alice Springs public hearings are available on the Royal Commission website.

From Monday, the Commission continues public hearings in Darwin and will hear from a large number of vulnerable witnesses, current and former youth justice officers and those who had responsibility for the system.

You can view the full witness list on the Royal Commission website.

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