Forgotten and overlooked- children during their parent’s arrest

8 August 2019
by: 
ter Vrugt in Law

‘Police, open the door!’ A sentence often heard when police arrest people at their houses. These arrests are often carried out by heavily armed police teams and accompanied by noise, shouting and violence. In this often chaotic situation, one party is often forgotten: the child(ren) of the arrested person. This contribution will argue that States have a legal obligation to specifically consider every child whose parent is arrested and that this is not done enough by the Dutch police.