The term 'youth training centre' came into official use with the passage of the Social Welfare Act 1960. Section 9 of the Act provided that one of the functions of the new Youth Welfare Division was 'to maintain and control state institutions to be called "Youth Training Centres" and "Remand Centres" for the reception detention and treatment of young persons convicted of any offence punishable by imprisonment or awaiting trial or sentence for any such offence'. Previously, such institutions were known as 'juvenile schools'.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 8 October 2009, Last modified: 15 May 2014