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6. After arresting a young person, will the law enforcement officers take the initiative to notify the parents or teachers?

According to the Police General Orders, the Police should, when arresting a child or young person, take all reasonable procedures to inform his parents or guardian. The Police will, as far as reasonably practicable, request an “appropriate adult” to accompany the arrested child or young person at the police station when questioning him. An "appropriate adult" refers to:


(i) a relative, guardian or other person responsible for care or custody of the arrestee;


(ii) someone who has experience of handling a person with a particular special need but who is not a police officer nor employed by the Police; or


(iii) failing either of the above, some other responsible adult who is not a police officer nor employed by the Police.


Hence, the police will take the initiative to contact parents or any other appropriate adult.