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Agency ID48
TitleWestbrook Youth Detention Centre
Agency TypeCorrectional facility
Start Date Circa 1/1/1987
End Date 30/6/1994
Date NotesN/A

Reformatory confinement for boys under the age of 18 years sentenced by Children's Courts.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
549Superintendent's Punishment Registers - Westbrook 1/1/1987 17/6/1988
994Record of Tetanus Injections Administered [Westbrook] 1/1/1987 26/2/1990
989Visiting Medical Officers' Journals [Westbrook] 1/1/1987 19/4/1990
993Matron's Daily Report Book [Westbrook] 1/1/1987 2/10/1990
1223History Papers [Westbrook] 1/1/1987 31/12/1992
19624Case History Cards [Westbrook] 1/1/1987 30/6/1994
997Administration Files [Westbrook] 1/1/1987 31/10/1994
996Isolation Register - Westbrook 21/11/1993 13/6/1994
999Handcuff Register - Westbrook 25/11/1993 4/7/1994
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1973Department of Children's Services 1/1/1987 9/6/1987
428Department of Family and Youth Services 9/6/1987 14/12/1987
9719Department of Family Services (II) 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
2568Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs 7/12/1989 30/6/1994
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
11375Westbrook Training Centre
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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islanders Affairs Annual Report, 1993 - 1994, pp. 52 - 53
Family Services Department, Annual Report 1988 - 1989
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1986, Vol. II, No. 31, p. 13
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1987 - 1988, Vol. VI, No. 181, p. 12
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1990 - 1991, Vol. VI, No. 73, p. 50
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Establishing Children's Services Act 1965
Abolishing N/A
Administered Children's Services Act 1965 - 1988
Juvenile Justice Act 1992
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In around 1987 Westbrook Training Center was renamed the Westbrook Youth Dentention Centre.

The Home was under the supervision of a Superintendent responsible for admissions, discharges, internal discipline and the general administration of the reformatory. The Superintendent reported directly to the Home Secretary, later the relevant heads of Departments.

A medical officer, psychiatrists and school teacher also visited the reformatory to look after the health and education of the inmates. Teachers were appointed by the Public Instruction Department, later the Education Department and some boys attended the local TAFE College.

A number of agencies assisted with particular programs for the boys. For example, the Education Department, in liason with Centre staff members conducted group work to assist boys with alcohol and drug-related problems.

In March 1994, a serious incident which resulted in major damage to its facilities occured at Westbrook Youth Detention Centre. An investigation was conducted and a report tabled in Parliament on 12 April 1994. The Westbrook Youth Detention Centre was closed on 30 June 1994.

Westbrook was among the institutions investigated as part of the 1998 Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (also known as the Forde Inquiry).

Minister for Family Services, Youth and Ethnic Affairs, 9 Jun 1987 - 14 Dec 1987
Family Services and Welfare Housing Minister, 9 Dec 1987 - 19 Jan 1989
Family Services Minister, 19 Jan 1989 - 7 Dec 1989
Minister for Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs 7 Dec 1989 - 30 Jun 1994
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID48, Westbrook Youth Detention Centre
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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