What are my human rights as a transgender young person?

You have the same human rights as everyone else, but there are some human rights principles that give special protection to transgender people. These are:

• The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): This requires governments to prohibit discrimination against women in all forms including ensuring that the rights of transgender women are fully protected.

• The Yogyakarta Principles: These are a universal guide to human rights which affirm international legal standards on binding which all States must comply with.

Can the Police search underneath my clothes?

The police can only search underneath your clothes if they have reasonable suspicion to believe that you may be concealing a prohibited item or illegal substance. If this is the case, you have to be searched out of public view and the officer who performs the search must be the same sex as you.

Can I be asked to remove a hat/scarf/hijab/cap which is worn for religious reasons?

A police officer cannot order the removal of a head or face covering except where there is reason to believe that you are wearing the item for the purpose of disguising your identity.

However, if the removal of the item is required for police to properly conduct the search, the officer should permit the item to be removed out of public view. Where practicable, the item should be removed in the presence of an officer of the same sex as you and out of sight of anyone of the opposite sex.

Where can Police carry out a search?

The search must take place at or near to where you were stopped, unless moving you would protect your privacy.

Police are allowed to enter premises, including school buildings, to search the area and any person on those premises for any bladed or pointed article or offensive weapon.  A warrant issued also allows police to search premises for drugs or documents.

Do my parents have to be there when the Police search me?

You can be stopped and searched without your parents being present or another adult.

The police are not required to tell parents or carers that a search of their child has taken place.