The state's Children's Commissioner has said all methods of uncovering contraband on young people in detention facilities should be used before strip searches were employed by custodial officers.
Commissioner Leanne McLean said such methods would include less intrusive approaches and the introduction of new technology like body scanners into the justice system.
Ms McLean released a report containing advice for the government on strip searching of young people on Wednesday which included eight recommendations.
Part of this advice would require the government to make legislative changes.
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Ms McLean said routine strip searches should no longer be a matter of course.
"Legislation around strip searching of young people should be based on what is reasonable, what is necessary, and whether or not it is proportionate to a legitimate aim" she said.
"The legislation should include that force be used as an absolute last resort."
Ms McLean said discretion of whether a young person should be strip searched should rest with the head of a detention facility.
She said strip searches of young people were routine methods used at the Launceston and Hobart reception prisons.
According to Justice Department data, 218 minors were strip searched by prison staff in 2018.
There were 203 strip-searches conducted on children within the Ashley Youth Detention Centre between June 1 and November 30 last year.
Ms McLean said there were various forms of legislation which guided strip searches in different custodial settings and should be consolidated into a single point to avoid confusion.
She said strip searches had the potential to further traumatise young people in detention who had previously experienced some form of physical abuse.
Ms McLean said changes to searches needed to balance out the safety of staff at prison reception centres with the respect and dignity of a recently detained young person.
The commissioner's report noted the issue of strip-searching young people was not new and was addressed by former Children's Commissioner Aileen Ashford in 2012.
This resulted in Tasmania Police amending its protocols to implement more stringent requirements on the use of strip searches.