Detention services orders

Detention services orders for Home Office officials.

This collection contains detention services orders. These are instructions outlining procedures to be followed by Home Office staff.


  1. Accommodation standards
  2. Age dispute cases in immigration detention centres
  3. Caring for and managing transsexual detainees
  4. Considering detainee placement
  5. Commissioning investigations and management reviews
  6. Deaths in detention
  7. Detainee Custody Officer and Detainee Custody Officer (Escort) certification
  8. Detainees who refuse to eat or drink
  9. Detention and escorting: safeguarding children
  10. Detention Rule 35 process
  11. Detention services operating standards manual
  12. Escorting detainees with cash
  13. Extremism and radicalisation
  14. Families in detention: outside activities
  15. Families in immigration removal centres
  16. Fingerprinting detainees
  17. Gatwick pre departure accommodation arrangements
  18. Handling complaints in immigration removal centres
  19. Internet access for detainees
  20. Investigating incidents in immigration detention centres
  21. Lesbian, gay and bisexual detainees
  22. Management and security of night state
  23. Management of adults at risk in immigration detention
  24. Managing detainees' money over £1000
  25. Managing property of detainees in the UK
  26. Marriage or civil partnership of detainees
  27. Medical appointments outside the detention estate
  28. Medical emergency response codes
  29. Medical information sharing
  30. Mobile phones and cameras in immigration removal centres
  31. Notification of removal directions to detainees
  32. Operating standards for the detention services escort process
  33. Paid work for detainees
  34. Pregnant women in detention
  35. Reception and induction checklist and supplementary guidance
  36. Recording attempted self harm in detention centres
  37. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA)
  38. Release of detainees from immigration detention
  39. Removal from association and temporary confinement
  40. Removing hidden blades from detainees
  41. Removing electronic tags from detainees
  42. Reporting and communicating out of hour incidents
  43. Room sharing risk assessment (RSRA)
  44. Searching detainees at removal centres
  45. Security information reports
  46. Self harm reduction strategy
  47. Surveillance camera systems
  48. Travel warrants for detainees attending First-tier Tribunals (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
  49. Unescorted domestic shuttle flights
  50. Use of restraints for escorted moves
  51. Using profits from shops in immigration removal centres
  52. Visitors and visiting procedures for detainees
  53. Welfare provision in immigration removal centres
  54. Women in detention
  55. Working with independent monitoring boards
Published 23 January 2014
Last updated 12 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. "Management and security of night state" document added.
  2. Added new detention services order 4/2017 on surveillance camera systems. Removed detention services order 2/2006 on releasing detainees by IS106 release orders, now superseded by new detention services order 1/2018 on the release of detainees from immigration detention.
  3. New DSO on Removal from association and temporary confinement.
  4. New guidance on Gatwick pre departure accommodation arrangements.
  5. New guidance added: management of adults at risk in immigration detention.
  6. New dentention service order on the detention rule 35 process.
  7. DSO 07/2016 "Use of restraints for escorted moves" added.
  8. DSO 06/2016 'Women in detention' added.
  9. DSO 04/2016 'Internet access for detainees' added.
  10. DSO 03/2016 'Considering detainee placement' added.
  11. Detention service order 02/2016 added on lesbian, gay and bisexual detainees.
  12. New dentention service order 1/16 on medical information sharing.
  13. Removal of routine dental appointments for detainees in removal centres guidance.
  14. New guidance on reporting and communicating incidents out of hours added.
  15. New detention service order (DSO) 4/2015 on unescorted domestic shuttle flights.
  16. New dention service order on regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).
  17. Updated guidance documents.
  18. Added DSOs to collection
  19. added Detention Services Order: Security Information Reports
  20. New DSO on medical emergency response codes.
  21. New risk assessment guidance for contracted escort staff.
  22. New detention service order on risk assessment guidance for escorted moves.
  23. New detention service order on risk assessment guidance for escorted moves.
  24. Updated
  25. First published.