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New unit to counter violent extremism in juvenile justice

Published: 7 February 2018
Young people inside juvenile justice centres who pose a risk to national security will have their communications monitored and undergo new de-radicalisation programs.

The NSW Government is developing new measures to counter violent extremism among young people in the juvenile justice system.

A specialist Countering Violent Extremism unit will identify and closely manage radicalised youths, or those at risk of radicalisation. Those deemed a national security risk face increased screening and restrictions on mail, phone calls and visitors.

Detainees at risk of radicalisation will attend an intervention program. Similar to the model used for adult inmates, the program will include individual case management addressing disengagement and isolation.

Frontline staff will receive training on signs of radicalisation, intelligence gathering and assessment of extremist detainees.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW has the most robust counter-terrorism arrangements in the country.

"This new strategy complements other initiatives such was our post-sentence detention scheme and stronger parole provisions," Premier Berejiklian said.

“We must ensure young children who are exposed to radicalisation are given counselling and a pathway back to life in the community.”

Consultation on the measures will take place and include the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

There are currently five detainees who have been charged with terror-related offences in Juvenile Justice Centres, up from zero in 2015.

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