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Detention of Children: International Standards and Best Practice

30th November 2009

IPRT RP on Detention of Children

IPRT has published a new research report, Detention of Children: International Standards and Best Practice.

The report considers the application and implementation of international human rights standards to children detention in Ireland, and how the aims enshrined in these standards can be best achieved in the Irish context.

The report outlines 63 recommendations across a number of areas, including: admissions procedures; physical environment; health care; protecting children from harm; discipline; inspection and complaints systems; suitable and qualified personnel; rehabilitation and social integration into the community.

The report also seeks to influence the debate on the design and best practice policies in the new National Children Detention Facility to be built at the Oberstown Campus in Lusk, whilst renewing a call for an immediate end to the detention of boys at St Patrick’s Institution.

The report includes a Foreword by Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children.

Detention of Children: International Standards and Best Practice was supported by the Irish Youth Foundation.

To download the report, please click on the icon above.