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Juvenile Justice Centre Rules (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Pregnancy, confinement and babies

32.—(1) Where a girl is pregnant on admission arrangements shall be made to provide her with pre and post-natal care and treatment.

(2) Where a girl’s confinement is expected to take place during her period of detention, she shall, if possible, be temporarily removed from the centre to a suitable hospital for the confinement and for any period following delivery which a healthcare officer considers necessary.

(3) The Secretary of State shall be notified of any such impending confinement and may thereupon direct appropriate planning for the release of the pregnant girl under such conditions as he thinks fit.

(4) The Secretary of State may, subject to any conditions he thinks fit, permit a girl to have her baby with her in a centre and everything necessary for the baby’s maintenance, care and development shall be provided there.

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