Minors are able to be interviewed by police either as an accused or as a witness.
Any person under the age of 18 years or who has a cognitive disability must have either a parent, guardian or an independent person with them during a Record of Interview.
If a parent, guardian or independent person has not been arranged then the interview cannot be used as evidence. An independent person is arranged by police and is there to make sure minors understand their rights.
The only time that the police do not have to wait for a parent, guardian or independent person, is in a situation where they may believe that someone may be in danger.
If a minor or a person who has a cognitive disability makes a statement to police as a witness, their statement can be by way of video rather than a written statement.