Rangeview was established by the government in response to over-crowding in the ageing Longmore Remand and Assessment Centre.
In October 2005, all the girls who had been held at Banksia Hill were transferred to Rangeview. Authorities reported this was because of a sexual encounter between a male and female detainee at Banksia Hill.
The Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (OICS) reported (2008) on the Rangeview youth detention facility in October 2007. At that time, (p.iii) all girls, on remand and convicted, were held at Rangeview, and 75 percent of the young people at Rangeview were identified as Aboriginal. The OICS report also confirmed (p.1) that all children and young people remanded into custody in Western Australia would be admitted to Rangeview, albeit for a brief period; that Rangeview opened in 1994 with an average length of stay being 3 days, which had risen to 17 days at the time of inspection; and (p.2) that males and females were separated at Rangeview except for 'a few highly supervised, structured activities'.
In June 2008, the OICS inspected Banksia Hill and made some comments about Rangeview in that report, finding (p.iii) that the decision to transfer girls from Banksia Hill to Rangeview in 2005, had resulted in Rangeview 'housing sentenced females without the facilities or adequate services to meet their needs'.
By 2012 the decision had been made to remove young people from Rangeview. The transfer of young people to Banksia Hill occurred from September 2012, with the final detainees being transferred on 5 October 2012. The Wandoo Reintegration Facility opened on the Rangeview site in November 2012.
The collection held by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (DCPFS) dates from 1894. It includes records from the Government Receiving Depot, the State Children's Department, the Child Welfare Department and more recent departments which have been known at different times as the Department for Child Protection, Community Development, Community Welfare, Community Services, and Family and Children's Services. The records relate to children who were placed in all types of out of home 'care' in Western Australia. Some of the records held by the DCPFS were originally created by another government department or private agency.
Contact Freedom of Information, Department for Child Protection and Family Support:
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Telephone: (08) 6217 6388 or (08) 6217 6381
Facsimile: (08) 9222 2776
Free call in WA: 1800 000 277
14 October 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00181
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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