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Prints can't be taken from child under 10 years old

Police powers and obligations when taking fingerprints are different depending on the age of the child.

Police powers and obligations when taking fingerprints are different depending on the age of the child. Police can't take prints from a child under 10 years old.

They also can't take prints from a child aged between 10 and 14 unless both the child and their parent or guardian consent. If permission is not given, the police must apply to Children's Court.

Police can use reasonable force (with permission from a senior officer) to take prints from child over 15 years old. However, this procedure must be carried out in presence of a parent or guardian and must be recorded on video.

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