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Serious assaults – victim subjected to physical violence that resulted in physical injuries requiring medical treatment involving overnight hospitalisation in a medical facility or ongoing medical treatment. Serious assaults include all sexual assaults.

Assaults – victim subjected to physical violence that resulted in physical injuries but did not require overnight hospitalisation or ongoing medical treatment.

The 2014-15 data has not yet been reported, and will not be available until the RoGS report is released in late-January 2016. In RoGs, assault data is reported as a rate, however, the raw data for the 2014-15 financial year is provided below:

Table 2

Detainee on staff assaults:





While an emergency code blue was called (assault or threat of an assault on an officer/s) on 19 occasions (Table 1), only three assaults occurred. A code being called does not necessarily equate to an incident occurring; it can mean that a situation has arisen where there is a risk of an incident.

(c) Prisoner Behavioural Breaches Recorded

ACT Corrective Services’ Detainee Disciplinary Policy states that a Custodial Officer, on becoming aware of behaviour that is a breach of discipline, may choose to deal with a less serious and isolated instance within the context of case management by counselling, warning or reprimanding a detainee, and making an appropriate case note. In instances of more serious or repeated misbehaviour, Custodial Officers may report the alleged breach of discipline with a view to it being dealt with under the detainee discipline provisions of the Corrections Management Act 2007.

When it is considered that an alleged breach of discipline may be a criminal offence warranting being reported to Police, the Police should be consulted and their views sought. If the Police investigate and charge the detainee in relation to the act, the disciplinary procedures may no longer be employed in consideration of the concept of double jeopardy provisions. If the Police choose not to act, or to not charge the detainee following their investigation, the disciplinary provisions may be employed.

Comprehensive data in relation to prisoner behavioural breaches is therefore not able to be provided due to the different methods by which it may be recorded.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

(Question No 438)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 3 June 2015 (redirected to the Minister for Health):

(1) How many nurses in each of the special schools in the ACT.

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