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Dylan Voller's mum speaks out

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016

The mother of a boy whose treatment at a Northern Territory juvenile detention centre sparked a royal commission has spoken about how she believes the system failed her son.

Joanne Voller says she sought help for her son Dylan - the boy pictured hooded and strapped to a chair in images that shocked the nation - when he struggled with anger issues as a child.

She contacted the NT Department of Children and Families when he was 11, after he broke her window, and was advised to report him to police so he could get help.

"At the time he needed counselling to help with his anger issues, but it's not what he received in jail," she told ABC's 7.30 on Monday.

"I was asking for help. I in no way thought he would be hooded and chained to a chair or thrown in isolation for 200 days at a time.

"I really feel like I failed him by ringing the police that day when he broke my window to be honest."

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