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The Short-term Holding Facility Rules 2018

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PART 5STAFF OF SHORT-TERM HOLDING FACILITIES

General duty of staff

38.—(1) It is the duty of every member of staff to comply with these Rules.

(2) A member of staff must promptly inform the manager and the Secretary of State of any suspected abuse or impropriety which comes to that member of staff’s attention.

Gratuities

39.  A member of staff must not without authorisation receive any fee, gratuity or other consideration in connection with their office.

Transactions with detained persons

40.—(1) A member of staff must not take part in any business or pecuniary transaction with or on behalf of a person detained at a short-term holding facility without the authorisation of the Secretary of State.

(2) A member of staff must not without authorisation—

(a)bring in or take out of a short-term holding facility,

(b)attempt to bring in or take out of a short-term holding facility,

(c)knowingly allow to be brought in or taken out of a short-term holding facility, or

(d)deposit in any place,

any item whatsoever, with intent that it should come into the possession of a person detained at a short-term holding facility.

Staff employed by the contractor

41.  A member of staff employed by a contractor at a short-term holding facility must facilitate the exercise of the contract monitor’s statutory functions.

Search of staff

42.—(1) A member of staff must submit to being searched by a detainee custody officer or an immigration officer in the short-term holding facility if the manager so directs.

(2) A search conducted under paragraph (1) must be conducted in as seemly a manner as is consistent with discovering anything concealed and may not require a person to remove any of their clothing other than an outer coat, jacket or glove.

(3) A detainee custody officer or an immigration officer may seize and retain any item located as a result of a search under paragraph (1) that the detainee custody officer or immigration officer has reasonable grounds to believe may compromise the security of the short-term holding facility or the safety of any person.

(4) Any item seized under paragraph (3) may be disposed of in such manner as the manager may direct.

Contact with former detained persons or the friends and relatives of detained or former detained persons

43.  A member of staff must not, without the authorisation of the Secretary of State, communicate with any person who the member of staff knows to be—

(a)a person formerly detained at a short-term holding facility or removal centre,

(b)a relative or friend of a person detained at a short-term holding facility or removal centre, or

(c)a relative or friend of a person formerly detained at a short-term holding facility or removal centre,

in such a way as could be seen to compromise that member of staff in the execution of their duty or the safety, security or control of the short-term holding facility.

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