Children at the police station
Rights of children who have been arrested and detained.
A responsible person aged 18 or over who supports children and vulnerable adults detained at the police station or being interviewed by the police.
When a police officer uses legal authority to seize a person and take them into custody. This may involve physical restraint.
Guidelines that the police and prosecutors use when deciding whether or not a person should be charged with an offence, given a caution or have ‘no further action’ (NFA).
A police station is the place that the police are lawfully allowed to hold a person when they take away their freedom, often in a cell. A person can also be questioned at a police station this is called an interview.
Children should never be kept in the police station overnight after they have been charged with a criminal offence. Children refused bail should be transferred from the police station to local authority accommodation.