1. A licence is suspended if it is not in the interests of the children for the service to continue operation. (Some additional information: The Education Review Office evaluations and its findings when reviewing a centre are not mentioned as a reason why a centre licence may be suspended. A failure to meet any special conditions on a licence imposed by the Secretary of Education is not explicitly stated as a reason for licence suspension).
2. A licence is suspended if it is found:
- A child has been physically ill-treated.
- A child has been subject to solitary confinement.
- A child has been deprived of food, warmth, shelter, mobility, or protection.
- Adults have failed to prevent ill-treatment of a child.
- Someone reasonably suspected of physically ill-treating a child continues having contact with the children and/or has not been excluded.
3. A licence is suspended if failure to take all reasonable steps to prevent children from coming into contact with staff having a contagious condition and likely to have a detrimental effect. (Note that referring specifically to ‘staff’ suggests that a licence cannot be suspended if a centre does not take reasonable steps to prevent children from coming in contact with other children or adults having a contagious condition. Although, elsewhere in the regulations it is stated that a centre should take all practicable steps to prevent children coming into contact with any person on the premises suffering from a disease or condition likely to be passed on to children and likely to have a detrimental effect).
4. A licence is suspended if the person whose name is on the licence no longer has control of the centre.
5. A licence is suspended if the centre fails to return a licence when it has been issued a provisional licence.