Merseyside – National child protection inspection (9214)

Recommendation

Within six months, Merseyside Police should undertake a review (jointly with children’s social care services and other relevant agencies) of how it manages the detention of children. This review should include, as a minimum, how best to: • ensure that all children are only detained when absolutely necessary and for the absolute minimum amount of time; • ensure that custody staff appropriately record the decisions made and action taken while children are detained; • assess, at an early stage, the need for alternative accommodation (secure or otherwise) and work with children’s social care services to achieve the best option for the child; and • improve the timeliness of appropriate adult support for children who are arrested.

[on]30th August 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]5th September 2018 [status]will-be-progressed[/status][/on][on]5th September 2018 [comment]

The force will progress this recommendation and a detailed update will be provided.

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