Initial interview and assessments

15.—(1) The director shall interview a child at the time of reception and in any case within 24 hours and shall ensure that any relevant matters or concerns are noted and dealt with appropriately.

(2) Subject to the period of detention of a child a range of assessments shall be undertaken which shall include:—

(a)a risk assessment within 24 hours;

(b)an initial health assessment by the healthcare officer within 24 hours and an assessment by a doctor within 7 days;

(c)an education assessment; and

(d)an assessment of need.

(3) Based on these assessments a plan shall be prepared for the management and care of a child in custody.

(4) Such assessments and plans shall be kept under review on a timely basis.

(5) The preparation and reviewing of a plan prepared under paragraph (3) shall be undertaken in consultation as appropriate with:—

(a)the child;

(b)the other statutory or voluntary agencies and, in particular, those responsible for the child’s supervision under a juvenile justice centre order; and

(c)the child’s parent.

(6) The director shall nominate a member of staff to prepare, supervise and review the care plan of each child and to carry out the consultation referred to in paragraph (5).


16.—(1) The director shall ensure that children have access to fresh drinking water at all times and are provided with food which:—

(a)is served in adequate quantities and at normal meal times;

(b)is properly prepared and presented, wholesome, palatable and nutritious;

(c)is suitable for their age and needs and meets their reasonable preferences;

(d)is sufficiently varied; and

(e)meets any special dietary need of a child which is due to health, religious persuasion, racial origin or cultural background.

(2) The director shall ensure that the condition, quality and quantity of food and the conditions under which it is prepared and cooked are inspected frequently and that reported shortcomings are rectified as soon as possible.


17.—(1) The director shall ensure that children are adequately and appropriately clothed.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this rule, a child shall be permitted to wear his own clothes at all times.

(3) The director may refuse permission for a child to wear his own clothes or an item of clothing if he considers that they are unsuitable and shall inform the child of the reason for his decision.

(4) The centre shall provide clothes which are adequate for the climate and for the health of the child:—

(a)if the child does not provide his own clothes;

(b)if permission has been refused under paragraph (3) for the child to wear his own clothes; or

(c)if the clothes provided by the child are unsuitable for the purposes of participation in an activity.

(5) A child shall be permitted to wear his own clothes when leaving a centre for any purpose.

(6) All clothing shall be kept in a clean and proper condition and arrangements shall be made for items to be changed as often as necessary for the maintenance of good health and hygiene.

Personal property

18.—(1) A child shall be permitted to retain personal property in accordance with the directions of the director.

(2) The director, subject to such conditions as he may reasonably impose, shall be responsible for the safekeeping of any personal property which a child is not allowed to retain for his own use in a centre and shall make arrangements for the recording and handling of such property or items sent to a child or otherwise received at a centre.

(3) Any money which a child has at a centre shall be paid into an account under the control of the director and the child shall be credited with the amount in the books of the centre.

(4) All lawful personal property and money held by a centre shall be returned to the child or his parent on release.


19.  A centre shall have in place a system of privileges and incentives appropriate to the child’s age, and assessed risk.

Personal hygiene

20.—(1) Each child shall be provided with an appropriate range of toiletries necessary for his health and cleanliness, which shall be replaced as necessary.

(2) Facilities and opportunities shall be provided to enable and encourage children to maintain an acceptable standard of personal hygiene.

Exercise and recreation

21.—(1) The director shall ensure that recreational activities are provided which include, subject to weather conditions and assessed risk, access to open air and that each child is encouraged to participate commensurate with his age, physical abilities and reasonable preferences.

(2) Where necessary, special arrangements shall be made, in consultation with a healthcare officer, for remedial physical education or therapy to be provided.

(3) Where such facilities cannot be provided within a centre, the director may, with the approval of the Secretary of State, grant permission for a child to attend facilities outside the centre.

Religious observance

22.—(1) A child shall be supported in his right to observe the requirements of his religious and spiritual life.

(2) Religious observance shall be provided in a format and with a frequency which takes account of the reasonable preferences of the children for whom it is being provided and the right of a child not to participate shall be respected.

(3) The director shall approve such chaplains as he considers necessary to provide for the spiritual and religious needs of children in the centre.

(4) A chaplain shall have reasonable access to make pastoral visits to a child at the child’s request.


23.—(1) A child may be supervised by members of staff of either gender and to the extent and in the manner necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of children, staff and other people visiting or working there.

(2) In circumstances in which privacy would be expected a child shall be supervised by a member of staff of the same gender.

(3) A child may be placed in any location in a centre at the discretion of the director taking into account the assessed risk or any other factor which he may consider relevant.

Child protection

24.—(1) A centre shall have in place a policy on child protection approved by the Secretary of State.

(2) The director shall also have in place a policy on public interest disclosure approved by the Secretary of State.

Untried children

25.  The director shall, subject to any directions of the Secretary of State, make such provision as is necessary and appropriate and in the best interests of a child in order to recognise his untried status.

Girls in custody

26.—(1) The director shall have in place a policy for the care of girls in custody, subject to any directions by the Secretary of State, which makes such provision or arrangements as are considered necessary and appropriate to meet the needs and reasonable preferences of girls, including the provision of separate accommodation within a centre.

(2) The director may vary the regime to meet the needs of girls.