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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.