About the inquiry
The Same Four Walls: inquiry into the use of isolation, separation and lockdowns in the Victorian youth justice system was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 23 March 2017.
The inquiry found that children and young people in Victoria’s youth justice centres were subjected to unacceptable levels of isolation and routinely ‘locked down’ or isolated due to staffing issues.
The Commission made 21 recommendations for improvements in the system, including ensuring compliance with legislation and policy, appropriate responses to mental health needs, introducing basic sanitation into isolation rooms and staffing.
The inquiry covered the 18-month period of February 2015 to July 2016, and also examined the first two weeks of December 2016.