chapter  10
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The police, the community and multi-agency work for children and young people

ByJohn Carnochan, Malcolm Hill, Raymond Taylor

Children encounter the police in a variety of ways. They will see them patrolling on foot, bicycles or by car. For many, the first direct contacts will be in school when officers deliver presentations about safety. Not uncommonly children and other family members are victims, perpetrators or witnesses of crimes that require investigation and as a result will have experience of engaging with the police in their own homes. When children are subject to ill-treatment in the home or elsewhere, the police are often called on to provide emergency protection or take them to a safe place. Hence, any professional dealing with children may need to work with the police or provide guidance and support in contacts with them.