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The Short-term Holding Facility Rules 2018

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32.—(1) A health care professional at a short-term holding facility must report to the manager in relation to the case of any detained person whose health is likely to be injuriously affected by continued detention or any conditions of detention.

(2) If a health care professional suspects a detained person of having suicidal intentions—

(a)this must be reported to the manager;

(b)the detained person must be placed under special observation for so long as those suspicions remain, and

(c)a record of the detained person’s treatment and condition must be kept throughout that time.

(3) Where a health care professional has concerns that a detained person may have been a victim of torture this must be reported to the manager.

(4) Where a report has been made under paragraphs (1), (2) or (3) the manager must send a copy of any relevant written reports to the Secretary of State promptly.

(5) A health care professional must pay special attention to a detained person whose mental condition appears to require it and make any special arrangements which appear necessary for the detained person’s supervision or care.

(6) For the purposes of this rule, “torture” means any act by which a perpetrator intentionally inflicts severe pain or suffering on a victim in a situation in which—

(a)the perpetrator has control (whether mental or physical) over the victim, and

(b)as a result of that control, the victim is powerless to resist.

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