To safeguard the interests of children and adults who may be mentally vulnerable when they are suspected of a criminal offence, ensuring that they are able to participate effectively and are treated in a fair and just manner.
“…to act as appropriate adults to safeguard the interests of children and young persons detained or questioned by police officers”.
Crime and Disorder Act 1998 s.38(4)
“…to safeguard the rights, entitlements and welfare of juveniles and vulnerable adults”.
PACE Code C 1.7A*
*This provision is contained in the Home Office consultation on revisions to PACE Code C. It will not become live until passed by Parliament. The revisions are likley to go to Parliament in early Spring 2018.
on Friday December 08