Transferring children from police custody to local authority care

Letter from the Home Secretary and Education Secretary about local authority duties to receive children transferred from police custody.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



Letter to Directors of Children’s Services about meeting requirements under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and the Children Act.

This letter requests local authorities to work with their police service to:

  • accommodate children charged with an offence and denied bail
  • avoid children being detained in police stations pending appearance at court
  • be prepared to extend this procedure to 17-year-olds from October 2015
Published 9 February 2015