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Ken Buttrum talks about his family background and his early childhood environment; his schooling; attending teacher's college and his first teaching placement; relating to the situations of children placed in Juvenile Justice centres; working with Anglican Youth Dept.; his memory of Minda Detention Centre and the approaches to discipline; Mount Penang Training School for Boys; joining the public service; the experience of children in institutions; the Institution for Boys at Tamworth (later called Endeavour House), their treatment of children and its closure; conditions at Parramatta Girls Home; the reasons why girls were placed in institutions; the institutional abuse of Aboriginal children and their parents; the over representation of Aboriginal children in institutions; the role of public service in the formation of policy; change in relation to the government and public service in the 1980s; the re-organisation of Young Offenders Services and its implementation; The Child Care and Protection Acts; Rights of Children; reforms in the Juvenile Justice System; regionalisation of departments; Aboriginal representation in the public service; becoming Director General of Juvenile Justice in New South Wales in 1995; recommendations of the Pryke Report.
Buttrum discusses the transfer of resources to front end services; State differences; Stanmore Community Youth Centres and the model; relieving as CEO of Juvenile Justice; seeking minister's permission to regionalise the department; establishing a statement of purpose for the department; negotiating the power of police decision making in relation to young offenders; conferencing with young offenders; role models in management; the need to improve training of staff in detention centres; the introduction of accredited courses; the need to provide opportunities for personal growth; introducing a client based system and a complaints mechanism for youth in detention centres; becoming a chairperson of the Australian Juvenile Justice Administrators; education courses for youth in detention centres; rebuilding Mount Penang; drug counselling and counselling for sexual offenders; strategies to engage Indigenous youth in detention; establishing an Aboriginal mentor scheme with the community in Mount Penang; pressures placed on staff and the importance of support structures; his concluding thoughts about reform; the importance of profession growth within human service delivery organisations.
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11 May 2022
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