Qld A-G defends censored detention report

Stuart Layt

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has refused to say whether any children were hogtied in the state's youth detention centres and defended a decision to redact large parts of a report on alleged abuse in the system.

Hundreds of pages of the independent report have been fully or partially censored, which Ms D'Ath says was done on the advice of crown lawyers to avoid identifying minors.

Ms D'Ath refused to comment on photos in the report that allegedly showed children tied up.

"I'm not going to start talking about the photos that are in (the report). That defeats the purpose of redacting them," Ms D'Ath told reporters on Thursday.

However, she said one of the report's recommendations was to ensure staff were made aware of the proper procedure when young people had to be "ground stabilised".

"We need to make sure that the staff are properly trained as to when restraints can be used, we need to make sure that when those incidents occur they are properly reported, and if there are any complaints they are properly investigated."

It appears even the report's authors intended for its contents to be made public, with a disclaimer in the introduction warning of graphic images and case studies, all of which were redacted.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls on Thursday slammed the redacting of the report, and said it trashed Labor's claim to be an "open and accountable" government.

"Page 154 of the report ... talks about capacity concerns in youth detention in relation to the premier's plan to move 17-year-olds into youth detention," Mr Nicholls said.

"But simple statistics have been blacked out so nobody can see what the report says is a 'sobering statistical prediction'."

The review was ordered following the emergence of footage of young detainees being allegedly mistreated, including one case in which a 17-year-old boy was restrained by five adults, stripped naked and left in that state for an hour.

Ms D'Ath said the government had accepted all 83 of the report's recommendations, and had begun to implement many of them before the report's release.