1800 16 11 09
Want some help?
Does this page need updating?
What to expect when accessing records about you.
Other Find & Connect resources
Organisation Nyandi (1970 - 2004?)
- Care Provider, Government-run, Juvenile Detention Centre and Youth Training Centre
- Alternative Names
- Gwynne-Lea (also known as)
- Nyandi Girls’ Treatment Centre (also known as)
- Nyandi Training Centre (also known as)
- Pineview (also known as)
Please note that this page reproduces the original language used in the historical sources drawn upon to compile this entry. This language includes offensive and derogatory terms which are today considered unacceptable. We apologise for any offence caused by such language.
[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
Nyandi provided long-term rehabilitative care for 30 girls in a secure establishment.
[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
In the Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare in 1976, Nyandi's function was described as being to "provide training and socialization of adolescent girls who, in the majority, have committed a number of offences. However a number of dependent but not delinquent girls are being referred to Nyandi care for brief social training."In 1979, the Welstat (welfare statistics) report defined Nyandi as an Institution (ie a "residential child care establishment that is mainly for child offenders, children on remand for alleged offences or uncontrolled children, and that has, as one of its aims, the full-time secure detention of its child.)". This definition was extrapolated in the 1980 Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, which noted: "girls aged from 13 to 18 years are catered for by the Nyandi treatment and research complex. Generally girls are referred to Nyandi because they have been demonstrating unacceptable behaviour in the community. The Nyandi system of treatment is conducted through a secure unit, three residential hostels and a comprehensive after-care service."
By 1984, following the recommendations made by Professor Edwards' Treatment of Juvenile Offenders report, the Annual Report indicated the two clear categories of girls who were admitted into the Nyandi system. These comprised:
"Welfare Preventative Cases:
The main presenting problems are behaviours which would put a girl at risk. Many girls in this group have criminal convictions, but these are of a minor nature. The reason for referral is to attend to Welfare needs. Half the admissions to the complex in the 83-84 financial year were in this group.
The other reason for referral is the girl's criminal convictions." In 1985, Nyandi's secure unit was described in the Annual Report as having the goals of reducing "offending, to maintain the security, safety and wellbeing of girls and staff, to see that girls are disadvantaged as little as possible by their stay in custody, and to see that their legal entitlements are met. The philosophy has been to use the period of custody to teach personal and social skills which enable girls to have realistic alternatives to offending on release."
In June 1986, Nyandi's secure detention unit for the first time accepted boys aged 12 to 14 years into its program.
Sponsoring agency: Department of Child Welfare, now Department of Justice
Other known names: The Maximum Security Centre at Nyandi was known as "Pineview" and the on-site hostel as "Gwynne-Lea."
Brief History: Established February 1970 as a "maximum security training centre with supportive hostel accommodation for the long-term treatment of girls whose behavioural problems could not be effectively treated in more open situations." The hostel within the grounds is known as "Gwynlea" and accommodates 16 girls. By 1980, there were two other hostels associated with Nyandi - Watson Lodge (first identified as an adjunct to Nyandi in
1976) and Karingal.
By 1984, only Gwynne Lea and Karingal were residential; Watson Lodgeprovided day programs only [see entries].
Nyandi's Aftercare Unit in 1984 consisted of five Groupworkers; three parttime Homemakers; one part-time Teacher and one Social Worker and concentrated "on working with the girl in her immediate social environment."
During the 1986/87 year, Nyandi Administration undertook a review of the Nyandi System, with a number of changes to the service being made as a result. These included extending the secure detention service for the first time to boys aged 12-14 years, and increasing its capacity to its previous 20 beds; and extending the programmes available through Watson Lodge and the Karingal Unit [see entries].
Nyandi became the responsibility of what is now (2004) the Department of Justice on July 1, 1993 and remains open.
A more detailed chronology of major events, admissions and discharges is included in Table 33.
Records of young people in secure detention at Nyandi up until 1993 when the facility came under the control of the Department of Justice are held by the Department for Child Protection.
While access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
- 1970 - 2004?
- Nyandi was located at Bentley. Location: Bentley
Records managed by
- Western Australia. Child Welfare Department, Annual Report of the Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Department, Perth [W.A.], 1929-1972. Details
- Western Australia. Department for Community Welfare, Annual Report: Department for Community Welfare, Dept. For Community Welfare, [Perth], 1973-1984. Details
- Department for Community Development, State of Western Australia, 'Submission No. 55 Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care: Submissions', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, July 2003, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist.htm. Details
- Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/. Details
- WINGS (Inc), 'Submission No. 259 Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care: Submissions', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, August 2003, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist.htm. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/.
Prepared by: Anna Trengove and Leanne Howard
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 28 August 2012