Defence for Children International
UN Rules for Protection of Juveniles
CONTACTS WITH THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Contact with the community outside of the facilities is an integral part of the right to fair and humane treatment and is essential to the preparation of juveniles for release. Juveniles should be allowed to communicate with their families, friends, and representatives of organisations. Every juvenile is entitled to receive regular and frequent visits in principle once a week and not less than once a month. All visits should respect the juvenile's right to privacy. Juveniles should also be permitted to leave the facilities for visits to their family homes and with special permission to leave the detention facilities for educational, vocational or other important reasons. Every juvenile should also have the right to communicate in writing or where appropriate by telephone at least twice a week with the person of the juvenile's choice, unless legally restricted.
To increase their contact with the outside world, juveniles should be given the opportunity to keep themselves regularly abreast of the news.