Strip searches

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a new analysis report looking at data on the strip searching of children conducted by the Metropolitan Police between 2018 and 2020. This analysis has been conducted following the publication of the serious case review relating to Child Q. Findings include: between 2018 and 2020, 650 children were strip searched, 25% of whom were between 10 and 15-years-old; an appropriate adult was not present on 23% of all occasions where children were strip searched; and 53% of all strip searches resulted in no further action, raising questions about whether they were always justified or necessary.

Read the news story: Child Q: Schoolgirl strip-search not isolated issue, police data suggests
Read the press release: Strip search of children by the Metropolitan Police Service – new analysis by the Children’s Commissioner for England
Download the report: Strip search of children by the Metropolitan Police Service – new analysis by the Children’s Commissioner for England (PDF)

Source: Children’s Commissioner, BBC

Date: 08 August 2022

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