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Juvenile Justice Centre Rules (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Education, vocational training, programmes and activities

43.—(1) Arrangements shall be made at a centre for the education of each child according to his age and his needs.

(2) A child shall be occupied in and encouraged to develop his potential and skills through education, vocational training, physical education and programmes and activities designed to tackle offending behaviour.

(3) The education and vocational training provided under this rule shall, so far as practicable, be such as will foster personal responsibility and a child’s interests and skills and help to prepare him for his reintegration into the community.

(4) In the case of a child who is of compulsory school age, the curriculum shall be appropriate to his age, aptitude and ability and to any special educational needs he may have, and shall as far as possible satisfy the requirements of Article 4 of the Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 1989(1) so that after release a child may continue his education.

(5) A diploma or education certificate gained by a child while in detention shall not indicate that the diploma or certificate was gained in custody.

(6) The director, with the approval of the Secretary of State, may grant permission for a child who has been detained in a centre under a juvenile justice centre order to attend education and vocational training and employment or other facilities outside the centre in preparation for his reintegration into the community on release.

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