Topic: Rights and the Law
This toolkit aims to support and assist education staff, partner agencies and CYP practitioners in their work with children, young people and families. Further information, advice and resources specific to young people’s rights and the law can be accessed via the additional resources button on this page.
Through the work we do directly with children and young people, it was apparent that many did not understand police processes or know their rights regarding the law; in particular, making a complaint, being arrested, being searched or reporting a crime.
Many of the young people we spoke to had misconceptions about the police and criminal justice system which they felt would affect their decision to contact the police, report a crime or make a complaint, highlighting that more work needed to be done to better inform young people.