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Juvenile Justice Centre Rules (Northern Ireland) 2008

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PART 10ADDITIONAL RULES RELATING TO THE DIRECTOR

Status of the director

64.—(1) The director shall be in charge of a centre.

(2) The director shall be responsible for the safe custody of each child received into a centre until the expiration of the period for which he is ordered to be detained.

(3) The director shall be responsible for safeguarding the rights of children, for their protection and treatment according to law and for the maintenance of good order and discipline in a centre.

(4) Subject to any directions of the Secretary of State, the director shall have authority over all members of staff in a centre.

(5) The director shall ensure the safe custody and proper disposal or use of all monies, equipment and materials in a centre and shall keep whatever records and accounts are required, subject to any directions of the Secretary of State.

Delegation by the director

65.  Subject to rule 23 and any directions of the Secretary of State, the director may delegate any of his powers and duties under these rules to another member of staff.

Absence of the director from a centre

66.  In the absence of the director, the centre shall be in the charge of a designated member of staff who shall be competent to perform and shall perform any duties required of the director.

Powers and duties relating to members of staff

67.—(1) The director shall superintend the conduct of all members of staff under his control and shall deal with misconduct and breach of these rules subject to any directions of the Secretary of State.

(2) The director may suspend from duty any member of staff if there is prima facie evidence of misconduct or breach of these rules and shall, without delay, report the matter fully to the Secretary of State and shall carry out any directions given by the Secretary of State.

(3) The director shall record all his directions relating to the management and discipline of the centre and shall have such directions communicated to appropriate members of staff.

(4) The director shall keep such records of conduct of members of staff as the Secretary of State may direct.

(5) The director shall forward without delay any report or complaint which a member of staff wishes to make to the Secretary of State and may add any comments he feels appropriate.

(6) The director shall ensure that members of staff possess the skills and knowledge required for their roles and responsibilities and receive regular supervision and training.

Duties in relation to the medical care of children

68.—(1) Without prejudice to his other duties under these rules the director shall put in place and promulgate policies for the management of risk, prevention of suicide and self-harm and shall, without delay, draw the attention of a healthcare officer to any child whose physical or mental health appears to require attention.

(2) The director shall satisfy himself that all members of staff who may be in contact with children are aware of the proper procedures for seeking to identify and for dealing with a child who, for whatever reason, may be regarded as a suicide risk, and shall satisfy himself that these procedures operate effectively.

Other duties of the director

69.  The director shall provide such information as the Secretary of State may direct and shall publish annually information which shall include the number of single separations, complaints, child protection referrals, incidents of suicide or self-harm, physical restraints, escapes, assaults and other incidents as directed by the Secretary of State.

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