The Cleveland Youth Detention Centre was established in 1980 at Old Common Road, Belgian Gardens, Townsville. It is a government-run facility, housing males aged 10 to 17 years who have been refused bail and remanded in custody, or who have been sentenced by the courts to a period of detention.
In August 1998 in Queensland, the Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care established a Commission of Inquiry to examine whether there had been any abuse, mistreatment or neglect of children in Queensland institutions.
This Inquiry is widely known as the Forde Inquiry, in reference to the Chairperson, Leneen Forde. The Committee reported on incidents of unsafe, improper and illegal treatment of children in Queensland institutions, including cases of sexual, physical, emotional and systems abuse. It is known as The Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions.
The Commission inquired into the current and past administration of the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre and submissions from former residents were taken. The full report is a public document, available free of charge to anyone who requests it from the Queensland Government. Its findings are detailed and explicit.
Sources used to compile this entry: Child Guardian, Views of Children and Young People in Detention Centres, Queensland, 2008, Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, Brisbane, 2008, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/14014/20140630-0820/www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/pdf/publications/reports/Views_of_Children_in_Detention/ViewsDetention.pdf; Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. pp.14-15.; Queensland. Department of Families, Information for young people : Cleveland Youth Detention Centre, Department of Families, Brisbane, 2003, 28 pp.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 31 May 2011, Last modified: 19 October 2018