Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any protections in place for children when dealing with the police?
The police powers available when dealing with children are generally the same as for adults. A police officer can ask a child for their name, address and date of birth if they reasonably believe that an offence has been committed, or that the child can help with an investigation.
Children, like adults, also have the right not to answer any police questions. If a minor is arrested for a criminal offence, the police must inform the child of the reason for their arrest as well as instructing them they have the right to have an independent adult present during questioning. An independent adult can be a parent, guardian, legal representative, or support person that must be independent from the police.