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Juvenile informers: Is it appropriate to use children as Covert Human Intelligence Sources?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/11/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>The Cambridge Law Journal
Issue number3
Volume79
Number of pages31
Pages (from-to)459 - 489
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date25/09/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Recently, attention has been given to the question as to whether children should be used as covert human intelligence sources (CHIS), aka informers. Being a CHIS is a risky endeavour, particularly when the person is deployed against serious crime, for example, gang violence. Questions arise over the propriety of using adolescents as CHIS, and whether the regulation of covert sources serves to minimise the risk to them. This article considers the regulatory environment. It concludes that the use of juveniles as CHIS can be justified, but that additional safeguards must be put in place to ensure their safety.

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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/cambridge-law-journal/article/juvenile-informers-is-it-appropriate-to-use-children-as-covert-human-intelligence-sources/36D33D2DD121201775DDAD9F533C5EAC The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, The Cambridge Law Journal, 79, (3), pp 459 - 489 2020, © 2020 Cambridge University Press.