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Improving relationships between children and the police

Since July 2013, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children has been undertaking an inquiry to examine children and young people's relationships with the police. On 28 October, the APPGC published its final report, setting out a range of recommendations to provide a clear framework for strengthening police practice in relation to children and young people.

Key issues explored by the inquiry included the use of stop and search on under 18, the detention of children and young people in police custody, police engagement in the local community, and addressing the needs of vulnerable children.

Recommendations centre on developing a more child centred approach to policing, including by:

  • improving police training and inspections
  • revising the policy and legislative framework (including PACE and related Codes of Practice)
  • designating a senior police officer with responsibility for procedures and practice with children and young people
  • sharing good practice widely between forces and with key stakeholders.

Report available to download here: http://www.ncb.org.uk/

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