781. Visiting detained patients.

781.     Visiting detained patients.

Provision is made1 in relation to the visiting of patients2 in hospitals3 or in registered establishments4. All detained patients are entitled to maintain contact with and be visited by anyone they wish to see, subject to limited restrictions which are imposed only in exceptional circumstances5. The two main grounds justifying exclusion of a visitor are restriction on clinical grounds and restriction on security grounds6.

While children may visit patients, there should be regularly reviewed written policies on the relevant arrangements which should be drawn up in consultation with local social services authorities7