Help When a Child Has been Arrested
1. WHO CLASSIFIES AS A CHILD?
A child is anyone under the age of 18 years.
2. WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ARRESTED?
Children who are arrested are not supposed to be treated in the same way as adults, and have certain rights guaranteed to them in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act. These include:
3. WHAT CAN A PARENT/GUARDIAN DO TO HELP A CHILD WHO HAS BEEN ARRESTED?
Your involvement in the child's case at this stage can have a considerable impact on the long-term consequences for the child. You can do the following to help speed up the judicial process and, hopefully, keep the child out of prison:
4. WHAT CAN I DO IF MY CHILD IS BEING TREATED INAPPROPRIATELY?
Children awaiting trial should be kept in places of safety (secure care) rather than in prison.
If you are worried that a child is being held in prison for too long or treated inappropriately, you can report this to the Child Justice Forum, which is supposed to monitor all young people who are in conflict with the law. The Child Justice Forum will investigate the case.
5. WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHILD JUSTICE BILL?
Click here to download the full Child Justice Bill in pdf format.
For updates on the status of the Bill go to the website of the Child Justice Alliance, a group of NGOs involved in reform of the law for children.
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