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Children, young people and requests for police station legal advice: 25 years on from PACE

Kemp, Vicky; Pleasence, Pascoe; Balmer, Nigel

Authors

Vicky Kemp vicky.kemp@nottingham.ac.uk

Pascoe Pleasence

Nigel Balmer nigel.balmer@ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

Informed by data extracted from 30,921 police electronic custody records, drawn from 44 police stations across four police force areas and including 5153 records of juveniles aged 10 to 17 years, this article examines the take-up of legal advice by children and young people in police stations in England and Wales. There are wide variations in the extent to which juveniles request and receive legal advice when compared to adults but also between juveniles of different ages. Such variations are explored both in relation to the age of detainees and the type and seriousness of offence and case disposal. Also examined are variations based on different police force areas. The implications emanating from children’s differential access to legal advice at police stations are considered in relation to children’s rights.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 8, 2011
Journal Youth Justice
Print ISSN 1473-2254
Electronic ISSN 1747-6283
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Institution Citation Kemp, V., Pleasence, P., & Balmer, N. (2011). Children, young people and requests for police station legal advice: 25 years on from PACE. Youth Justice, 11(1), doi:10.1177/1473225410394288
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225410394288
Keywords children’s rights, decision-making, doli incapax, final warnings, police station legal advice
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1473225410394288
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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