A major overhaul of all New South Wales juvenile correction facilities is underway, with an independent review into a riot at a Central Coast facility exposing systemic failures and consistent violence.
The general secretary of the Public Services Association, Stewart Little, said they had been calling on the Government to implement these changes for years.
“We were talking to the Government about this three years ago,” Mr Little said.
“It’s cause for concern when you’ve had assault levels in these facilities treble over the last three or four years.
“The incident in July was certainly foreseeable.
“We’ve seen a huge escalation in assaults and incidents involving high-risk detainees, which is why we’ve been calling on the Government to identify people as high-risk and establish facilities for them.”