Gender-responsive (GR) programming for girls is inclusive yet has specific recommendations and limitations regarding the issue of male staff working with girls. In general, it is considered that male staff members can provide an additional level of support and positive reinforcement for girls. However, male staff members must successfully complete training on female development, socialization and other gender-specific issues.

Gender-responsive (GR) programming for girls is inclusive yet has specific recommendations and limitations regarding the issue of male staff working with girls. In general, it is considered that male staff members can provide an additional level of support and positive reinforcement for girls. However, male staff members must successfully complete training on female development, socialization and other gender-specific issues. Furthermore, there are important recommendations and guidelines to prevent the girls’ interaction with male staff from becoming exploitative, abusive or re-traumatizing. These recommendations prohibit male guards from participating in day-to-day security, strip searchers or restraints. Similarly, male guards must not be allowed alone in common living areas, bathrooms or private rooms of the girls.