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15 APR 2013

The Children (Secure Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The title of these Regulations is the Children (Secure Accommodation) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2013.

These Regulations come into force on 18 April 2013.

These Regulations apply in relation to Wales

These Regulations amend the Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991 ("the 1991 Regulations") and are made in connection with changes to the remand framework for children introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The modifications to the criteria which apply to the placing of a child who was detained by the police under section 38(6) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 ("PACE") have been made so as to align the approach to such placements with the approach taken in relation to children who are remanded to local authority accommodation.

As a result of the amendments the criteria laid down in section 25(1) of the Children Act 1989 will now apply in relation to a decision by a local authority to place the following categories of children in secure accommodation:

(a) children aged 10 or 11 who have been detained under section 38(6) of PACE, and

(b) children remanded to local authority accommodation who are either charged with, or have been convicted of, a violent or sexual offence or an offence punishable in the case of an adult with imprisonment for a term of 14 years or more, or who have a recent history of absconding while remanded to local authority accommodation and are charged with, or convicted of, an imprisonable offence alleged or found to have been committed whilst on remand.

The modified criteria set out in regulation 6(2) of the 1991 Regulations will continue to apply to children who are aged 12 or over but who are under the age of 17 who have been detained by the police under section 38(6) of PACE.

The Welsh Ministers' Code of Practice on the carrying out of Regulatory Impact Assessments was considered in relation to these Regulations. As a result, it was not considered necessary to carry out a regulatory impact assessment as to the likely costs and benefits of complying with these Regulations.

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