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Juvenile Justice Centre Rules (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Single separation

52.—(1) Single separation shall be used only where it is necessary in the best interests of a child or as part of an overall strategy to prevent or defuse any of the incidents specified in any of paragraphs (a) to (e) of Article 51(1).

(2) Where single separation is used it shall be for the shortest time possible commensurate with the circumstances and in accordance with time limits and arrangements approved by the Secretary of State.

(3) Single separation shall not be used as a punishment and shall normally take place in a child’s own bedroom unless that is impracticable.

(4) A written record shall be kept of each occasion on which single separation is used and the child in question shall be informed of the content of that record and encouraged to contribute to it.

(5) The director shall regularly review the use of single separation in a centre to ensure that its use is appropriate and proportionate and in accordance with these rules.

(6) Nothing in this rule shall restrict a child’s right to receive visits or to make a complaint or to consult with his legal adviser, chaplain or doctor.

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