Justice Home > Youth Justice

Department of Justice is now the Department of Communities and Justice.  Find out more >

My child has been sent to a Youth Justice centre

When the court places your child on a control order or the child is remanded in custody they will be sent to a Youth Justice centre. Centres are in metropolitan Sydney (Campbelltown, St Marys), the Central Coast and in Dubbo, Grafton and Wagga Wagga.

Family visits to your child in detention are encouraged. After going into a centre your child will be classified to help decide which centre is most suitable to hold them. Where applicable a child is placed in a centre close to their family home or family members.​

On this page:




In which centre will my child be placed

  • Young women are placed on a program at Reiby Youth Justice Centre at Airds (near Campbelltown). Other centres may hold young women for short periods while they await transfer to Reiby.

  • Most young males under 16 on custodial orders are also placed at Reiby Youth Justice Centre at Airds where programs suit younger offenders.

  • Most males 16 years or over will go to Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre, near Gosford, or a regional centre located at Dubbo, Wagga Wagga or Grafton.

  • Cobham Youth Justice Centre at St Marys is where most Sydney based young men on remand go.


On arrival at a Youth Justice centre your child will have

  • Their rights and the rules at the centre explained.

  • Pers​onal property recorded and stored - to be returned on leaving the centre.

  • The right to telephone you, other relatives or other caregivers.


To book a visit with your child at a Youth Justice centre

  • Contact the centre directly and explain that you’d like to book a visit. A list of centres and their phone numbers can be found here​.

Some of the programs your child will be involved with include

  • Education
    All youth offenders under 16 are required by law to attend school classes and those 16 years and over can apply to attend. All standards of education are catered for - from basic literacy and remedial learning to higher school certificate and tertiary studies. These schools are run by the Department of Education.

  • Vocational Training
    A wide range of training is available to provide the young people with work skills and increase job options. All centres have vocational instructors.

  • NSW Justice Health Services
    The NSW Justice Health Service provides medical services for young people in detention through clinics in each Youth Justice centre.
    For further information on NSW Justice Health services in Youth Justicecentres contact the nurse at the centre your child is at.