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Adelaide Youth Training Centre (AYTC) - Kurlana Tapa

AYTC Mission

Providing young people in custody a safe, secure environment which encourages inspirational change

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The AYTC is designed to provide a safe and secure environment for young people in custody. The AYTC operates under  a ‘one centre – two campus’ model incorporating the Goldsborough Road and Jonal Drive sites. Jonal Drive campus is a 36 bed facility and provides services to males aged 10-14 years, females aged 10+ and young people 10+ refused police bail. Goldsborough Road campus is a 60 bed facility for males 15+.

The AYTC’s operational model enables the strategic placement of residents to ensure a safe custodial environment and to support their individual needs, developmental stage and cognitive functioning. The AYTC population is diverse and includes young people from different cultures and with complex needs, with a demographic that constantly changes.

All residents, including those who are 18 years and over, receive ongoing assessment and review, including review of their behaviour and risk levels.

The AYTC utilises a Behaviour Support Framework.  This Framework is a progression model that provides individual incentives to encourage and support young people to develop positive behaviours and take responsibility for the choices and the progress they make. The Framework assists residents to reach short and long-term goals, develop life skills and address dysfunctional patterns of behaviour.

Residents’ case planning includes transition planning and goal setting to support a successful return to the community. Case plans ensure continued access to education and health supports and include establishing connections with community services that will support the young person and their family beyond the expiry of their youth justice order.

Youth Justice has a range of programs  and strategies that address the needs of young people in AYTC in such areas as criminal thinking, mental health, trauma, family inclusiveness, cultural identity and connection, social and independent skills, relationship skills, education, and so forth.

Understanding the program needs of youth justice clients in South Australia- Malvaso, Day, Carrado and Casey. (PDF 645.3 KB)

Youth Justice works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to provide on-site services to residents, including the Department for Education and Child Development, the Department for Health and Ageing and may not for profit organisations.

AYTC supports and encourages visitors from family and peers, professionals and community members to maintain contact with residents.  For details regarding the visiting process please go to visiting AYTC.

Charter Of Rights For Children And Young People Detained In Youth Justice Facilities

South Australia has adopted the 'Charter of Rights for Children and Young People detained in Youth Justice Facilities' from the Australian Children's Commissioner's and Guardians Model Charter 2014.

This Charter of Rights tells you what you can expect while you are detained. The rights apply to everyone so you have to respect other people's rights.

You have the right:

  • To be treated equally, and not treated unfairly because of your sex, sexuality, race, religion, disability or other status.
  • To be treated with respect and dignity by staff and to be kept safe while you are in the youth justice centre.
  • To be given a copy of and have explained to you the rules of the centre, and rights and responsibilities, in a language that you can understand.
  • To see a doctor or nurse whenever you need to, have your health assessed soon after you arrive, and to receive proper healthcare.
  • To receive help for your mental health if you need it, and to be transferred to a mental health facility for treatment if required.
  • To get help if you have problems with drugs or alcohol.
  • To have special care and protection if you are vulnerable or have special needs.
  • To have regular contact with your family and friends through visits and phone calls.
  • To get help to see a lawyer, and to talk to them privately.
  • To have an interpreter for formal meetings or medical examinations if you are not fluent in English.
  • To get information and news about what is happening in the world.
  • To have a say in decisions about your rehabilitation and other issues that affect you.
  • To participate in activities and programs that help your rehabilitation.
  • To continue your education, or to do training to learn useful skills for work.
  • To get exercise every day, and to go outside every day except in bad weather.
  • To have enough good food (including food that is suitable for your culture or religion, or dietary requirements), and to have drinking water available whenever you need it.
  • To have clean clothes, and to wear your own clothes if you go out of the centre.
  • Not to be punished unfairly, and only in accordance with the rules of the centre or the law.
  • Not to have force used against you, or restraints used on you, unless absolutely necessary, and never as a punishment.
  • Not to be isolated from other young people unless necessary to keep you or others safe, and never as a punishment.
  • To practice your religion or express your culture and, whenever possible, to participate in cultural celebrations and see religious or spiritual advisors.
  • If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, whenever possible, to participate in cultural activities and celebrations with other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • To make a complaint about your treatment to an independent person (like an official visitor) and to be told what happens with your complaint.
  • Before you leave the centre, to get help with somewhere safe to live and ongoing support.

AYTC Rules

The AYTC has a set of rules for children and young people resident in the Centre.  The young people are provided  with a copy of these rules when they are admitted to the AYTC.  A booklet is also provided to parents/ caregivers that explains young people's rights whilst in the AYTC, the rules of the Centre and other relevant information (for example, programs and visiting times).

Poster showing AYTC rules. There is a link to a plain language version on this page.

Read a plain language version of this poster

Page last updated : 01 May 2022

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