Children are a group of individuals who are vulnerable and need extra protection if they are arrested. The police should treat a person under the age of 18 as a young person or child.
If you are a parent, carer or guardian, it can be very worrying to learn that your child has become involved in the criminal justice system.
The first thing you may think is …are they ok?
Who is taking care of them?
You may question whether their rights and entitlements are being properly safeguarded?
Do they have a solicitor?
After the initial shock of learning of an arrest, you then may think, how is this allegation and potential conviction going affect their future?
Many more questions may be running through your mind some of which we can definitely answer. Feeling overwhelmed with angst as a parent of someone facing prosecution is so common that, we have created a quick and useful guide to help assist you and your child through what can be a difficult process for various reasons.