Overnight Programs

  1. Ensure that housing facilities have direct access to a phone for emergencies and for contacting parents/guardians.
  2. Provide an orientation program covering housing-related safety and security issues; emergency exit procedures and common meeting or reporting areas; and expectations regarding behavior in the housing areas.
  3. Segregate rooms by gender and consider separating floors by age and gender.
  4. Establish a curfew and “lights out” for minors and periodically check that all are in their rooms.
  5. Restrict access by unauthorized individuals to minors’ housing areas and consider risks posed by other groups housed in the same facilities as the program.