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Juvenile Justice Centre Rules (Northern Ireland) 2008

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4.—(1) The aims of a centre are to:—

(a)protect the public by accommodating children ordered to be detained therein in a safe, secure and caring environment; and

(b)work to reintegrate children into the community.

(2) These aims shall be achieved having regard to the following principles:—

(a)children shall be held in a safe, secure and caring environment which promotes their health, well-being and best interests;

(b)a centre shall provide a positive and purposeful environment offering high standards of education and programmes to support learning, challenge offending behaviour and promote active citizenship;

(c)children and their families shall be treated fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect, and children and their families shall be encouraged and enabled to contribute to decisions which affect them;

(d)a centre shall work to develop and maintain links with family, school and other sources of support to assist the reintegration of the children into the community;

(e)children shall retain all rights and entitlements except those limited as a consequence of their detention in a centre;

(f)a centre shall work in partnership with other statutory or voluntary agencies and, in particular, those responsible for a child’s supervision under a juvenile justice centre order;

(g)a centre shall have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial or ethnic group, age, marital status or sexual orientation, between male and female generally, between persons with a disability and persons without; and between persons with dependants and persons without;

(h)due regard shall be paid to the privacy of the children consistent with safety, security and communal living.

(3) These principles, taken together, are intended as a guide to the interpretation and application of these rules.

(4) A copy of these rules shall be made available and accessible to each child committed to a centre on remand or detained in a centre under a juvenile justice centre order and to the parent of such a child.

(5) A child friendly version of these rules shall be included as part of the information provided under rule 11.

(6) A statement of the aims in this rule and how they are to be achieved shall be prepared and displayed in a centre and shall be made available on request.

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