Children living away from their parents
This section deals with procedures in relation to children who live away from their parents, particularly those in foster care and in custody.
1.1 Children living away from home are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Every setting in which children live away from home should provide the same basic safeguards against abuse, promote their welfare, protect them from harm of all kinds and treat them with dignity and respect.
1.2 In all settings in which children live away from home, including foster care, residential care, private fostering, Armed Forces bases, Health Care, boarding schools (including residential special schools), prisons, Young Offenders' institutions, Secure Training Centres and Secure Units, safeguards should ensure that the following safeguards are in place:
2. Children in Custody
2.1 Children who are in custody are often children in need. Children in custody, including those in custody on a remand basis, should have their overall welfare safeguarded and promoted in keeping with the natural restrictions that apply when withholding a person's liberty. The Youth Offending Team has specific responsibilities for promoting the welfare of children in custody.
2.2 Where there is a concern for a child who is in custody a referral should be made to children's social care. There should be close liaison between the Youth Offending Team, Children's Social Care Services and the secure establishment.
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