2013 video shows a helmet
The Corrections union wishes to make it known that the 2013 video currently circulating features a helmet used in Queensland's adult correction facilities for the individual’s safety to prevent self harm. It is not a spit hood despite today's claims.
Together Secretary Alex Scott said today, "Queensland’s adult correction facilities currently use a soft helmet designed to protect individuals from self-harm, similar in design to a padded football helmet.
"The helmet permits the wearer to see, hear and speak and its use requires detailed approval steps.
"Those in custody wearing the helmet are still able to talk to officers via an intercom and are monitored for their own safety.
"Our members working at corrections are well trained to work in a difficult and dangerous environment by implementing approved procedures to ensure the safety and security of correctional centres in Queensland.
"Inaccurate claims such as the ones we have seen today put our members at risk as they go about their work and in the community.
"Our members don’t support juveniles being in adult prisons as they have different requirements, needs and behaviours from adult prisoners."