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Cherry Creek unrest

January 29, 2024 7:09 am in by
Cherry Creek is Victoria's primary youth justice prison (SUPPLIED).

The Justice Department says it takes seriously allegations of staff breaching professional standards at its youth facility near Little River.

It follows reports a worker at Cherry Creek has been suspended for inappropriate conduct with inmates.

It comes amid reports of considerable unrest at the newly opened youth justice centre, with the state opposition claiming there were 37 codes called there over three days.

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A department spokesperson says the safety and wellbeing of staff and young people in custody “is our highest priority.”

“While we cannot comment on individuals, any allegations of breaching professional standards are taken seriously, investigated and actioned accordingly,” they said.

Regarding the ongoing violence within the centre, the spokesperson said a zero-tolerance is applied and there have been “only two category 1 incidents” there recently.

“All incidents or allegations of violence or assault are referred to Victoria Police.”

The opposition has questioned whether the government is considering re-opening the trouble-plagued Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre to alleviate issues at Cherry Creek, but that’s been dismissed by the department saying it has no plans to do so.

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