Defence for Children International
UN Rules for Protection of
Upon arrival juveniles are entitled to medical examinations to record
evidence of prior ill-treatment and to identify any physical or mental condition
requiring medical attention. Throughout their period of deprivation of liberty
all juveniles are entitled to adequate preventive and remedial medical care. The
best method is to provide medical care through community health facilities and
services in order to prevent stigmatisation.
Medicines should only be administered for necessary treatment on medical
grounds and when possible after the informed consent of the juvenile. The
administering of medicines to elicit information or confessions or as a
punishment or means of restraint is prohibited in all facilities. The
experimental use of drugs and treatment is also forbidden.
Juvenile facilities should adopt specialised drug abuse prevention and
rehabilitation programmes. Juveniles who are mentally ill should be treated in
independent specialist institutions.
Illness , Injury and Death