Focus on Ethics Video: Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

Law-enforcement officers have multiple responsibilities when dealing with those who break the law. In addition to identifying and safely apprehending lawbreakers, they must be aware of broader concerns when dealing with families. This Department of Justice training video highlights the complex and delicate nature of what police officers need to do in order to safeguard children whose parents are arrested.

Video source: Office of Justice Programs on YouTube

1. When making an arrest, what clues should police officers look for to determine if children are present?

2. What techniques should police officers use to minimize the trauma to children when their parents are being arrested?

3. What are some of the potential problems children may experience with police officers who are not trained to identify their needs?

4. Are there additional concerns in safeguarding children that are not covered in this video that you think are important?