Banking for Children in or Leaving Custody

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The Information Hub, run by the charity Unlock have published the following articles ‘Identification (ID) for opening a bank account’ and ‘Opening a basic bank account before release’, which are targeted self-help information for children over the age of 16 years. The articles address some of the challenges faced by children in the custodial establishments and on release when applying for a bank account.


If a child is struggling to get the appropriate identification whilst in custody there is a special form that has been created by the Ministry of Justice – National Offender Management Service called ‘Identity (ID) for Bank Account Applications for all prisoners’ (PSI 44/2011). This can be completed by a member of the Prison Service and signed by the Governor. It has been agreed by all of the banks through the British Bankers Association and the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group that this form can be accepted as the only form of ID when opening a basic bank account.

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