These regulations bring into effect a code of practice about the carrying out of a search of a person who is not in police custody (commonly referred to as ‘stop and search’). The code of practice (‘the Code’) applies to the functions exercisable by a constable. It sets out the circumstances in which a search of such a person may be carried out, the procedure to be followed in carrying out such a search, the record to be kept in relation to such a search and the right of someone to receive a copy of that record.
Policing plays a particularly important role in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and young people. In preparing a Code of Practice on Stop and Search, the Scottish Government, taking advice from an independent Advisory Group, took full account of how the Code would impact on children and young people.
This document provides a summary and overview of the assessment that was carried out.