Children Act 2001
180.—(1) A board of management shall, from time to time as occasion requires, appoint a person to be responsible for the immediate control and supervision of a children detention school, or more than one such school under its management, and each person so appointed shall be known as the Director of the school or schools concerned.
(2) The appointment of a Director shall be on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the board of management concerned with the consent of the Minister and the Minister for Finance.
(3) A board of management shall, within 10 days after appointing a Director, notify the Minister of the Director’s name.
(4) A Director shall not be a member of the board that appointed him or her.
(5) A Director shall perform such functions as may be assigned to him or her by the board of management concerned.
(6) Such functions of a Director as may be specified by him or her from time to time may, with the consent of the board, be performed by such member of the staff of the children detention school concerned as may be authorised in that behalf by the Director.
(7) The functions of a Director may be performed, during his or her absence or when the post of Director is vacant, by such member of the staff of the children detention school concerned as may from time to time be designated for that purpose by its board of management.
(8) Where a child is detained in a children detention school, the Director of the school shall—
(a) have the like control over the child as if he or she were the child’s parent or guardian, and
(b) do what is reasonable (subject to the provisions of this Part) in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s education, health, development or welfare.