· Total number of
children detained in that specific site and in other detention sites of the
· Age and gender breakdown of
· Number of imprisoned women/men
with their child/children.
· Number of imprisoned pregnant
· Number of children released?
· Number of deaths of children,
women and men in prison and their causes.
· Age of criminal responsibility
in the country.
· Collection of any specific
legal provisions regarding the arrest, detention and transfers of children and
· Obtention of official
clearance from civilian and military authorities to visit detention sites.
· Are there organizations such
as ICRC or the Center for Human Rights carrying out inspection or monitoring
visits of detention sites?
Information regarding arrest of children:
· Reason for arrest.
· When was/were the
· Is the child within the age of
· If not, can immediate release
· If not, can immediate
conditional release be obtained?
· Was arrest ordered by a
competent police or judiciary authority?
· Was the child informed of the
reason(s) for his/her arrest?
· Was the family immediately
informed of the arrest?
· Are family/legal
representatives allowed to visit the child?
· Does the child, or do children
in general, complain about violence used during their arrest? Do other
inmates/persons/ICRC teams? Have NGO teams reported violence or abuse of
children during arrest?
· Is the UNICEF officer allowed
to speak with children not privately in the presence of a prison official/guard?
· Was a judge immediately
informed of the arrest and is the case being followed by a judicial
Information regarding detention conditions of children:
· Are children
detained in facilities separate from adults?
· Do children have regular
contact with their families? If not, how can contact be made and maintained?
· Are there any unaccompanied
children under the age of criminal responsibility?
· In case of separate
facilities, do children have contacts with adult inmates during the day? During
· How many meals do children
have every day? Can the meals be considered as nutritionally adequate (support
from UNICEF Nutrition officers or ICRC experts should be sought)? Are there
obvious cases of malnutrition?
· What are the general
conditions of hygiene? Cleanliness? Is there at least 1 latrine for every 50
· Is there adequate water
supply? (quantity and quality should be checked)
· Is there a periodic health
· If not, can the national
health system be extended to include this detention site? If not, can ICRC
include the site in its visits list? If not, can UNICEF provide emergency
support and start the design of a referral system towards the local hospital or
· Are children minimally clad
and protected against the weather?
· What is the average area
available in the sleeping quarters? Consider 2.5 square metres in sleeping areas
per child as the humanly acceptable minimum, not including recreational areas,
washing areas or other.
· What is the average volume of
air available per child?
· Are there any complaints of
violence, abuse, torture against/between children (including sexual violence)?
What subsequent actions were taken by the detention authorities?
· Are there reports of
circulation of drugs and/or weapons inside the detention facility?
· Do children have access to
· Do children have access to
· Are there compulsory
activities, such as working for persons other than themselves e.g. preparation
of food for guards or prison authorities, etc.? What are the activities carried
out and what are the working conditions?
· Are there legal
advisors/representatives of the child capable of defending her/him in court?
· Are the sentences or decisions
applicable to children oriented towards the quickest release possible and their
Information regarding the detention conditions of pregnant
women and women/men imprisoned with their children?
· Is there
age-appropriate care for children in prison with their mother/father? Health and
· Are there regular medical
visits for women over seven months pregnant? And are provisions taken for
· Can children be placed back
into their families, or with a relative, or fostered with the approval of
· What is the age limit for
children allowed to be in prison with their parents? Is that age above three or
four years? If so, can it be reduced?
· Are there any children in
prison with their father/mother older than three years of age (or the maximum
age allowed in the country)?
Information regarding transfers of children from one facility
· In the case of
transfers of children from one facility to another, are the parents and legal
representative informed prior to transfer?
· Is any judicial authority
present during the transfer?
· Are UNICEF, ICRC or Human Rights Officers present