DCI – Protection of Juveniles 15

Defence for Children International

UN Rules for Protection

of Juveniles


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.

Limitations of

Physical Restraint and the Use of Force

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