A child is anyone who is under the age of 18. Every child has the right:
Whenever a decision is made about a child, the most important thing that must be thought about is what would be in the best interests of the child.
(See: Child Abuse and Neglect)
Children’s rights if they are detained – A child may only be detained if it is absolutely necessary, and it must be for the shortest possible time. A child has the right to be kept separately from other detained people who are over 18 and must be treated and kept in conditions that take into account the child’s age. A detained child also has all the rights of any other detained person.