The police locked up two children and a teenager

What happened?

The police had caught three children aged 8, 12 and 15, who were suspected of shoplifting. They were taken to the police station.

At the police station, the children were locked up "to keep things under control” until their parents came to collect them.


What did the Ombudsman do?

The Ombudsman gave the police a reprimand because they had broken the law.

Locking the children up was not necessary because they had not attempted to leave the police station.


Every child has the right to freedom and integrity.