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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 83

Government Instructions and Regulations for Certified Industrial Schools

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Government Instructions and Regulations for Certified Industrial Schools.

We have been frequently asked to state what restrictions obligations are involved by an Industrial School becoming Certified, and to meet such enquiries we annex the following:—
1.Lodgings.—The Children lodged in the School shall have separate beds. If any are lodged out under Section 26 of the Industrial Schools' Act, notice of each case shall thereon be sent to the Office of the Inspector of Industrial Schools.
2.Clothing.—The Children shall be supplied with plain useful clothing, not necessarily uniform, either in material or colour.
3.Dietary.—The Children shall be supplied with plain wholesome food, according to a Dietary to be approved by the Inspector.
4.Instruction.—The Secular Instruction shall consist of Reading, Spelling, Writing, and Ciphering, and, as far as practicable, the Elements of History, Geography, Social Economy, and Drawing. It shall be given for three hours daily. The Religious Instruction shall be in accordance with the Religious Denomination of the School, and shall be given daily. The Industrial Education shall be in Farm and Garden work, and any common handicraft. The children shall be employed for not less than six hours daily. In Training School Ships, the Boys shall be instructed in Naval Exercises and Employments, and Elements of Navigation.
5.Religious Exercises and Worship.—Each day shall be begun and ended with simple family worship, to be prescribed by the Rules. On Sunday the Children shall attend public worship, at some convenient Church or Chapel. In case of any child being admitted who is specified in the Order of Detention as of some other religious persuasion than the Church of England, a Minister of such religious persuasion shall be allowed to visit such child, and the child shall not be required to learn the Catechism of the Church of England.*
6.Time Table.—A Time Table, showing the Hours of Work, School Instruction, Meals, &c., as approved by the Inspector, shall be fixed in the School-room.
7.Discipline.—The Master shall be authorised to punish the Boys detained in the School in case of misconduct; all faults and punishments being entered in a book kept for that purpose, to be laid before the Committee at their meetings.
8.Punishment.—Punishments may consist of Forfeiture of Rewards and Privileges, Reduction in quantity or quality of food, Confinement in a room or lighted cell, for not more than three days, and moderate Personal correction. But no child shall be deprived of more than two meals in succession. And any child in confinement shall be allowed not less than

* This condition is modified according to the religious denomination of the Sohool.

page 7 1 lb of Bread and Gruel, or Milk and Water, daily. [No modes or method of correction different from the above may be resorted to unless specified in the Rules sanctioned by the Secretary of State.]
9.Recreation.—The Children shall be allowed two hours daily for Recreation and Exercise, and shall be occasionally taken out for exercise beyond the boundaries of the School.
10.Visit of Friends.—The Parents or other Relations of the Children shall be allowed to correspond with them at reasonable times, and to visit them once in two (or three) months, such privileges to be forfeited by misconduct or interference with the discipline of the School.
11.Provision on Discharge.—On the Discharge of any Child from the School, he shall be provided with a sufficient outfit, according to the circumstances of the Discharge, and shall be apprenticed or placed out, as far as practicable, in some employment or service. If returned to relatives or friends, the expenses of such return shall be defrayed.
12.Visitors.—The School shall be open to the inspection of Visitors at convenient times to be regulated by the Committee (or Managers).
13.Journals, &c.—The Master shall keep a Journal of all that passes in the respective departments of the School. All admissions, licenses, discharges, desertions, and other offences, and all punishments shall be recorded in it. The Journal shall be laid before the Committee (or Managers), at their meetings, and the Inspector on his visits.
14.Medical Officer.— A Medical Officer shall be appointed to visit the School. He shall enter his visit in a book kept for the purpose, with a note of all serious cases of illness attended by him in the School, and of the treatment prescribed. In the case of the serious illness of a child immediate notice shall be given to the parents.*
15.Inquest.—In the case of the sudden or violent death of any inmate of the School, an Inquest shall bo held, and the circumstances of the case immediately reported to the Inspector.
16.Inspector.—In case of any child deserting from the School, or being placed out on license, or dying while an inmate of the School, or on license from it, or being committed to a Reformatory School, immediate notice shall be given to the Inspector. The Children shall be examined, and their proficiency in School Instruction and Industrial Training tested from time to time by the Inspector. All Books and Journals of the School shall be open to the Inspector for examination. Any teacher employed for the Instruction of the Children shall be examined by him, if he think it necessary. Previous notice shall be given him of the appointment or discharge of the Master and the Schoolmaster.
17.Returns, &c.—The Master (or Secretary), shall keep a Register of admissions and discharges, with particulars of the parentage, previous circumstances, &c., of each child admitted, and of the disposal of each child discharged, and shall regularly send to the Office of the Inspector (under cover to the Under Secretary of State for the Home Department) the Returns and Quarterly Accounts required, and in the month of January

* See also page 291, Reformatory aml Refuge Journal, 1884.

page 8 of each year, a full statement of Receipts and Expenditure of the School for the past year, showing all debts and liabilities, and duly vouched by the Committee (or Managers).
18.General Eegulations.—The Officers and Teachers of the School shall be required to maintain the discipline and order of the School, and attend to the instruction and training of the children in conformity with the above Regulations. The children shall be required to obey the Officers and Teachers of the School, and to comply with its Regulations; and any wilful neglect or refusal to obey or comply on the part of any child admitted under the provisions of the Industrial Schools' Act, shall be deemed to be an offence under the 32nd Section of the Act.