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Tag: Police powers

30 October 2017

Home Office publishes Concordat on Children in Custody

The Home Office has published a concordat on children in custody, preventing the detention of children in police stations following charge. The concordat aims to clarify the legal and statutory duties of the police and local authorities. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 requires the transfer of children who have been charged and denied bail to more appropriate Local Authority accommodation, with a related duty in the Children Act 1989 for Local Authorities to accept these transfers.

8 September 2017

Lammy Review 2017 published

The Lammy Review is an independent report into the treatment of and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) in the criminal justice system. The Lammy Review highlights the current failings of the youth justice system and makes a number of important recommendations on how best to redress the disproportionate representation of BAME young people in the criminal justice system.

27 July 2017

Strasbourg court rules that 16 year old had been subjected to “degrading” treatment at police station in breach of Article 3

The European Court of Human Rights found that a child was subjected to “degrading” treatment contrary to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by being kept handcuffed and wearing just his underwear for at least two and a half hours and, subsequently, by being placed in a cell with adult detainees for three days.

3 April 2017

Changes to Pre-Charge Bail at the Police Station

Changes to pre-charge bail came into force on the 3 April 2017. Pre-charge bail is now set at an initial 28 day limit, previously there had been no limit. These changes are part of a number of provisions being brought into force in stages by the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (PCA 2017) which received royal assent on the 31st January 2017.

29 June 2016

London Forum on Children and Policing

Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) has launched a Forum on Children and Policing in London. Details The Forum will bring together voluntary organisations to collaborate in improving the police’s treatment of children and young people in London (and nationally) with the aim of ensuring the police treatment of children meets the standards set out […]