Police detention of children

Just for Kids Law has published a report calling for an end to the overnight detention of children by police. Responses to a 2019 Freedom of Information (FOI) request from 34 police forces in England found that at least 21,369 children were detained overnight in police custody, with 6,779 children aged 15 years and under. Figures from 32 police forces found that 244 children aged 12 and under were held overnight and 9 children held overnight were 10 years of age.

Read the news story: “End overnight police detention of children” says children’s rights charity
Read the report: “It’s horrible when they keep you in there at night” Ending the overnight detention of children in police custody (PDF)

Source: Just for Kids Law

Date: 21 February 2022

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