Young people’s rights regarding the police complaints system

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have asked us to highlight the information below, which highlights young people’s rights regarding the police complaints system.

‘With recent research highlighting only around half of young people are confident police will deal fairly with their complaint, the IOPC youth panel has launched new guidance to support young people and explain their rights.

The guidance provides information on questions young people frequently ask, such as what the IOPC do, how you can make a complaint to police, what to expect and the possible outcomes?

The youth panel, made up of nearly 30 young people from across England and Wales, worked with the IOPC to identify the key elements of the complaints system and present them in ways that make them easily understood by young people.

As well as working with the IOPC, members of the Youth Panel have worked with the Youth Justice Board and National Police Chiefs Council to create the following guides for under-18s during the Covid-19 pandemic:

· Coronavirus and the police – a guide for under 18s

· Coronavirus and youth offending teams – a guide for under 18s


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