The Howard League for Penal Reform has published a guide to help lawyers advocate for looked-after children at the police station. The guide, ‘Representing looked-after children at the police station’, provides information about the growing number of children coming into care and takes lawyers through the factors that can contribute to their criminalisation.

 

It offers practical advice, including: how to review the decision to arrest or hold a child in custody; how to communicate effectively with a child; how to advocate for a child’s basic rights and entitlements; how to support a child at interview; how to consider whether a child is a victim of exploitation; how to make representations to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service; and how to make sure that a child’s community care needs are met.

 

Further details are available here >

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