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For young people

Being interviewed by the police? What is going to happen next?

The police may want to interview children and young people. This may happen after they arrest someone. They may also arrange a voluntary interview.

This interview can have serious consequences. Children and young people should always speak to a lawyer before their interview and have that lawyer in the interview with them. If you do not have a lawyer, you should ask the police for the duty lawyer, and they will get one for you.

Download this practical brochure developed by Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Offending Team on what to expect when interviewed by the police.

Download the brochure here

The Howard League for Penal Reform have worked with young people to develop resources to ensure better outcomes for children facing sentence in the criminal courts. This includes a guide for adults supporting children: The toolkit Guide for adults is aimed at professionals such as lawyers, youth justice professionals and social workers. They have also produced child friendly resources including a poster that converts into a leaflet for children facing sentence. The leaflet sets out key things children 17 years old and under should expect from the sentencing process. An App has also been developed, available both on Android devices and iOS (Apple).

Stop and search

Our stop and search film explains your rights and what to expect if you are stopped by police. It explains  the difference between stop and search and stop and account, when you can be searched, and what makes a search unlawful.

If you’ve been stopped and searched and need advice, please complete our advice form. If your query is urgent and needs an immediate response, you can call us on 0203 174 2279.


At the police station

This short film will explain what happens if you are arrested and taken to the police station.

What to Expect at the Youth Court

Our short film explains what to expect at the youth court.