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Juvenile Justice Centre Rules (Northern Ireland) 2008

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11.—(1) A centre shall provide timely and relevant information regarding the operation of the centre to children received into the centre.

(2) Each child shall be provided as soon as practicable after his reception into a centre with sufficient information to enable him to understand:—

(a)the requirements of the centre and the facilities and programmes available;

(b)the provisions of these rules as they are relevant to the child;

(c)the proper methods of seeking further information and making contact with his parent, relatives, a legal adviser or an independent representative; and all such matters which are necessary to enable the child to fully understand his rights and obligations while in the centre.

(3) Particular attention shall be paid to ensuring that the child is aware of and understands the procedure for making a complaint.

(4) Information provided under this rule shall be made available in writing and in accessible formats for a child to consult in his own time.

(5) The director shall explain the information provided in a way which takes account of the age and understanding of the child.

(6) Where a child is not fluent in English all reasonable steps shall be taken to provide the services of an interpreter, in particular during medical examinations and disciplinary proceedings.

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