Being searched doesn’t mean you’re being arrested.
The Police have powers to stop and question you at any time, ask what you are doing, why you are in an area or where you are going
Police Officers have powers to stop and search you if they have reasonable grounds to suspect you are carrying drugs, weapons, stolen property or something which could be used to commit a crime e.g. crowbar
You can only be stopped and searched without reasonable grounds if it has been approved by a senior police officer
Before You Are Searched
The police officer must tell you their name & police station where they work
The reason why they are searching you
What they expect to find e.g. drugs / weapons
Why they are legally allowed to search you
A police officer can ask you to take off your coat, jacket or gloves. The police might ask you to take off other clothes and anything you’re wearing for religious reasons - e.g. a veil or turban. If they do, they must take you somewhere out of public view.
If the officer wants to remove more than a jacket and gloves they must be the same sex as you.
Further Help and Support
Childline - Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online.
Samaritans - Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Bullying UK - Bullying advice, bullying at school, cyberbullying, and how you can deal with it.
Kidscape - Bullying advice, helpline, information and anti-bullying resources.