(1) An authorised officer may search the child (including anything found on or with the child) if the officer reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent the child from:
(a) being harmed; or
(b) harming others.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the officer may search for any of the following:
(a) a firearm as defined in section 3 of the Firearms Act ;
(b) a controlled weapon, offensive weapon or prohibited weapon as defined in section 3 of the Weapons Control Act ;
(c) a dangerous drug as defined in section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act ;
(e) any other drug or substance capable of intoxicating a person.
(3) If the officer reasonably believes it is necessary to do so in the circumstances, the officer may designate another person:
(a) to conduct the search; or
(b) to assist the officer in conducting the search.
(4) The designated person must conduct the search or provide the assistance in accordance with any reasonable directions of the officer.
(5) The officer or designated person conducting the search:
(a) must be someone who is of the same gender as the child; and
(b) must conduct the search in the presence of an adult who:
(i) is of the same gender as the child; and
(ii) is nominated by the child or, if the child fails to do so, by the officer.
(6) The adult nominated by the officer:
(a) must hold a clearance certificate that is in force; and
(b) must not be an authorised officer or police officer.
(7) The officer or designated person may use any reasonable force or assistance in acting under this section.
(8) However, this section does not authorise a search that involves the removal of the child's clothing or an examination of the child's body cavities.