Police custody is not 'a place of safety' and is only appropriate in the most serious of cases for children and young people.
Young people (juveniles) in custody
Juveniles are defined as any one under the age of 17 years of age.
Changes by the government to protect young persons (10-17)
The welfare and protection of all those held in police custody, especially young people, is extremely important.
In October 2013 the government agreed that 17 year olds detained in custody were to be provided with an appropriate adult and their parent or guardian would be told of their arrest. These changes mirrored the law that was already in existence to protect 10 to 16 year olds.
Whenever a child or young person (aged 10 to 17) is arrested or is to be interviewed as a voluntary attendee, an appropriate adult must be informed as soon as practicable and asked to attend.
When a juvenile is charged with an offence and the custody sergeant refuses bail, the sergeant must make arrangements for the young person to be taken into the care of the local authority, pending their court hearing.