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Julie Reilly
11-06-2011, 11:21 PM
So I have a ten year old child who has been abducted, drugged, came round and managed to escape before her abductor returned by dint of breaking a window and climbing out through the broken glass.

She has run away till she feels safe then called 999 and been taken to hospital.

Her wounds have been treated and she is recovering. Police have been called and informed.

Would they:
a) Come to the hospital to take her statement? or
b) Take her down to the station to take a statement?

If a), would they record it on tape, or write it down?

Would there be any other procedures I need to be aware of?

mirandashell
11-06-2011, 11:25 PM
I'm no expert on this but I think they would go to the hospital. There would also need to be what is known as an 'appropriate adult.' Someone who will stand in the child's interests and look after them.

Julie Reilly
11-06-2011, 11:56 PM
Would this be a parent, or someone else?

mirandashell
11-07-2011, 12:04 AM
I think it's normally a parent. But it depends on whether the kid has parents or not and if they can be reached.

Julie Reilly
11-07-2011, 02:20 AM
That's OK - she does. Thanks :)

Buffysquirrel
11-07-2011, 03:43 AM
Appropriate adults are for child suspects. This child is the victim.

I think the police would probably interview her at the hospital as soon as possible. They would also re-interview her over the next few weeks as more detail may come back to her. A formal statement would probably be made at the police station.

jclarkdawe
11-07-2011, 04:13 AM
She has run away till she feels safe then called 999 and been taken to hospital.

This line confuses me. Although there are some differences between 999 in England and 911 in the US, I don't think they terribly matter in this situation.

She calls 999, and gives enough information that an ambulance is sent. She's then transported to the hospital. So we have the operator at 999, the ambulance crew, and the hospital personal. As soon as one of those people realizes she's been kidnapped, the police would be informed.

The nearest available patrol unit would be sent. Also the officer in charge of the investigation would go, although arriving after the patrol unit. If she advises the operator of the fact she was kidnapped, the patrol unit would probably be there before the ambulance. If the ambulance crew discovered the fact, the patrol unit would be at the hospital.

But way before her wounds are treated and she's being released from the hospital, the police would be there. Abducted children would be a priority for the British police.

And her parents or guardian would be notified by the hospital fairly quickly into her treatment. Implied consent only gets you so far in treating a child.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

Julie Reilly
11-07-2011, 11:24 AM
This line confuses me. Although there are some differences between 999 in England and 911 in the US, I don't think they terribly matter in this situation.

She calls 999, and gives enough information that an ambulance is sent. She's then transported to the hospital. So we have the operator at 999, the ambulance crew, and the hospital personal. As soon as one of those people realizes she's been kidnapped, the police would be informed.

The nearest available patrol unit would be sent. Also the officer in charge of the investigation would go, although arriving after the patrol unit. If she advises the operator of the fact she was kidnapped, the patrol unit would probably be there before the ambulance. If the ambulance crew discovered the fact, the patrol unit would be at the hospital.

But way before her wounds are treated and she's being released from the hospital, the police would be there. Abducted children would be a priority for the British police.

And her parents or guardian would be notified by the hospital fairly quickly into her treatment. Implied consent only gets you so far in treating a child.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

This is pretty much what I thought - it's really the order that things happen that I was concerned with.

The kidnapper has taken her phone so she's gone to a nearby corner shop and told the woman there what has happened. The woman calls 999 and tells them.

Her injuries are not life-threatening - she has cuts from the glass which need stitching and I presume there will be a blood test to find out what she was drugged with and if any further treatment is needed for that.

But I presumed the police will wait till she's been treated before going in and interviewing her, although I figured the sooner the better, hence doing it in hospital rather than at the station.

And Mum will be called I imagine ASAP also.

Shakesbear
11-07-2011, 12:48 PM
I would guess that the lady in the corner shop would let her call mum whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive. The police would want her clothes for forensic testing. Some police stations have special units - that is officers and rooms to take statements from victims. They would also be able to call on specialist officers who have training in dealing with kidnap victims.

Becky Black
11-07-2011, 03:38 PM
I would think the police would at least want to ask her which house she was being held in, even if they wait to get more information from her until the hospital are done with her, since they'd surely want to go there at once. I know if I'd kidnapped someone and they'd escaped and knew where my house was I'd be outta there pretty fast, or at least trying to destroy evidence. So the police would want to get to the scene fast. (For all they know at that point, there could be other prisoners there, or dead bodies.)

Steve Collins
11-07-2011, 06:31 PM
Also bear in mind that the officer that interviews her will be a female, it puts the child at ease.

jclarkdawe
11-08-2011, 12:28 AM
I would think the police would at least want to ask her which house she was being held in, even if they wait to get more information from her until the hospital are done with her, since they'd surely want to go there at once. I know if I'd kidnapped someone and they'd escaped and knew where my house was I'd be outta there pretty fast, or at least trying to destroy evidence. So the police would want to get to the scene fast. (For all they know at that point, there could be other prisoners there, or dead bodies.)

This.

My guess is at least one patrol unit would arrive at the shop before the ambulance. They would immediately start questioning her as to the where and who. There's no medical reason from the sound of it to delay questioning her, at least briefly.

My guess would also be that a patrol officer would ride in the ambulance. Nothing worse than losing someone who's been abducted again. Very bad for the image. And low level of questioning would continue.

Also the ambulance crew would probably give her a stuffed animal. She's on the oldish side for stuffed animals, but she's going to be feeling very insecure and a teddy bear provides wonderful security for children.

If you need a delay in the questioning for your story, let's us know and we'll probably be able to come up with some ways to make this logically happen.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

Julie Reilly
11-10-2011, 09:27 PM
Thanks everyone - I had written the first draft of this section before I saw your last bit of advice, Jim. I hadn't thought that the police might get there before the ambulance - I might incorporate that into the edits.

There's no need to delay it - I just need to know how the sequence of events would pan out in real life.