Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection inspection (6992)

Within six months the Metropolitan Police Service, in conjunction with children’s social care services and other relevant agencies, should review how it manages the detention of children. As a minimum, the review should enhance child protection by:

  • improving the awareness of custody staff of child protection and CSE, and of the support children require at the time of detention and on release;
  • ensuring the prompt submission of a Merlin form to record the child’s detention to help inform future risk assessments;
  • assessing at an early stage the need for secure or other accommodation and working with children’s social care services to achieve the best option for the child;
  • ensuring that custody staff comply with their statutory duties by completing detention certificates and custody record entries to the required standard, if children are detained in police custody for any reason; and
  • securing adequate appropriate adult support in a timely fashion.

[on]25th November 2016 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]8th December 2016 [comment]

New recommendation

[/comment][/on][on]26th January 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]26th January 2018 [comment]

This is currently being progressed by the force and we await an update.