Secure Training Centre Rules 1998

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1998/472
  • These Rules may be cited as the Secure Training Centre Rules 1998 and shall come into force on 16th April 1998.
  • In these Rules unless the contrary intention appears the expression:
  • to accommodate trainees in a safe environment within secure conditions; andto help trainees prepare for their return to the outside community.providing a positive regime offering high standards of education and training;establishing a programme designed to tackle the offending behaviour of each trainee and to assist in his development;fostering links between the trainee and the outside community; andco-operating with the services responsible for the trainee’s supervision after trainees;to any person visiting the centre; andto any person inspecting the centre.
  • Trainees may be classified, in accordance with any direction of the Secretary of State, taking into account their ages, characters and circumstances.
  • (1) A trainee may be temporarily released for any period or periods and subject to any conditions.(2) A trainee released under this rule may be recalled at any time whether any conditions of his release have been broken or not.(1) There shall be established at every centre systems of privileges, incentives and sanctions approved by the Secretary of State and appropriate to the classes of trainees and their ages, characters and circumstances.(2) Records shall be kept in writing of any privileges or incentives earned and sanctions awarded.(1) Every trainee shall be provided, as soon as possible after his reception into the centre and in any case within 24 hours, with information in writing about those provisions of these Rules and other matters which it is necessary that he should know, including privileges, incentives and sanctions, contact with members of his family or independent persons and the proper method of using the grievance procedure.(2) The governor, or an officer deputed by him, shall so explain the information so provided that he can understand his rights and obligations.(3) A copy of these Rules shall be made available to any trainee, or to any parent of a trainee, who requests it.(1) There shall be established and administered at each centre a comprehensive grievance procedure, approved by the Secretary of State, to which each trainee and his parent shall have access.(2) Every request by a trainee to see the governor or an independent person shall be recorded by the officer to whom it is made and promptly passed on to the governor.(3) On every day, the governor shall hear any requests to see him that are made under paragraph (2) above.(4) Where a trainee has asked to see an independent person, the governor shall ensure that that person is told of the request as soon as possible.(5) A written request or complaint under the grievance procedure established under this rule may be made in confidence.(1) There shall be established at every centre arrangements, approved by the Secretary of State, for trainees to receive visits.the importance of contact by a trainee with his family, andthe need to keep to a minimum any disruption of his education and training.(3) Subject to the provisions of these Rules, the governor may give such directions as he thinks fit for the supervision of visits to trainees, either generally or in a particular case:(1) The Secretary of State may, with a view to securing discipline and good order or the prevention of crime or in the interests of any persons, impose restrictions, either generally or in a particular case, upon the communications to be permitted between a trainee and other persons.(2) Except as provided by statute or these Rules, a trainee shall not be permitted to communicate with any outside person, or that person with him, without the leave of the Secretary of State.(3) Except as provided by these Rules, every letter or communication to or from a trainee may be read or examined by the governor or any officer deputed by him and the governor may, at his discretion, stop any communication on the ground that its contents are objectionable or of inordinate send three letters a week, the cost of which shall be met by the centre; andto receive a visit once a week.(2) Subject to the provisions of these Rules a trainee shall in addition to his entitlement under paragraph (1) above be entitled to send any number of letters at his own expense, to receive any number of letters, to make and receive any number of telephone calls at his own expense and to receive visits.(3) The normal duration of a visit to which a trainee is entitled by virtue of paragraph (1) (b) above shall be one hour.
  • A police officer may, on production of an order issued by or on behalf of a chief officer of police, interview any trainee willing to see him.
  • (1) The legal adviser of a trainee in any legal proceedings, civil or criminal, to which the trainee is a party shall be afforded reasonable facilities for interviewing him in connection with those proceedings and may do so out of hearing of an officer.(2) A trainee’s legal adviser may, with the leave of the Secretary of State, interview the trainee in connection with any other legal business.(1) A trainee may correspond with his legal adviser and any court and such correspondence may only be opened, read or stopped by the governor in accordance with the provisions of this rule.(2) Correspondence to which this rule applies may be opened if the governor has reasonable cause to believe that it contains an illicit enclosure and any such enclosure shall be dealt with in accordance with the other provisions of these Rules.(3) Correspondence to which this rule applies may be opened, read and stopped if the governor has reasonable cause to believe its contents endanger security in the centre or the safety of others or are otherwise of a criminal nature.(4) A trainee shall be given the opportunity to be present when any correspondence to which this rule applies is opened and shall be informed if it or any enclosure is to be read or stopped.(5) A trainee shall on request be provided with any writing materials necessary for the purposes of paragraph (1) of this rule.(6) In this rule, “court" includes the European Commission of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice; and “illicit enclosure" includes any article possession of which has not been authorised in accordance with the other provisions of these Rules and any correspondence to or from a person other than the trainee concerned, his legal adviser or a court.(1) Subject to the following provisions of this rule, a trainee shall be permitted to wear his own clothes at all times.(2) The governor may refuse permission for a trainee to wear his own clothing if he considers that it is unsuitable but if he does so he shall inform the

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