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We found inconsistencies in the approaches of custody officers and staff: there were a number of recent instances in which alternative accommodation was appropriate but had not been requested.

Recommendation 

Within three months Lancashire constabulary 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;
-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 awareness among custody staff of child protection (including the risk of sexual exploitation), the standard of risk assessment required to reflect children’s needs, and the support required at the time of detention and on release.

[on]8th March 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [comment]

The Constabulary has an action plan in place to address all the recommendations from the NCPI. This plan has been reviewed by HMICFRS NCPI team. There is a local governance framework in place and the HMICFRS Board meeting, which is chaired by the DCC/ACC, holds senior leaders and plan owners to account for progress against the plans. .Recommendation being progressed.

[/comment][/on][on]14th December 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on]