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Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Review

When a child is placed in Secure Accommodation on 'welfare' grounds, under section 25 of the Children Act 1989, the local authority must arrange Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews

The purpose of these reviews is to consider whether the criteria for keeping a child is secure accommodation continue to apply, on the day of the review.

The local authority must arrange for a Panel, including at least one independent person, to consider whether the criteria are met and to recommend their findings to the authority.

The first 'criteria' review should be convened within one month of the placement, and then at intervals of not more than three months.


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