We understand that entering the home under execution of a warrant or arrest is a necessary and important of policing. However there are a few small steps that can be taken to minimise the harm that can be caused to children in the home, who witness the arrest.

We know that:

  • Children with a family member in prison are three times more likely to experience mental health problems than their peers
  • Children who witness the arrest of a family member are 57% more likely to have elevated post-traumatic stress symptoms compared to children who do not.
  • One study showed that 6 out of 10 boys with a father in prison went on to offend themselves.

According to the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015: Statutory Guidance: 

Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play

If you would like to find out more about our recommendations, download our Model Policy for Metropolitan Police when conducting arrests.

If you would like to find out more about the training we can offer please contact us on 0207 735 9535 or email us hearourvoice@prisonadvice.org.uk.

The case study and group work gives us an insight into children's views of police 

Quote from police officer from Neighbourhood Policing Team.