Vulnerable people in custody (1)

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has raised concerns about the number of vulnerable children who are locked in police cells as a substitute for social and health care. What steps are you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service taking to reduce the number of vulnerable children who end up in police custody?


Answer for Vulnerable people in custody (1)

Answer for Vulnerable people in custody (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I share your concerns that police custody is rarely the right place for a vulnerable child and I am pleased that the number of children detained has fallen by 22.6% (2012-2014).  MOPAC and the MPS recognise the importance of ensuring vulnerable children are diverted away from custody wherever possible.

Clear guidance exists to discourage the arrest and detention of juveniles unless such action is entirely necessary. Front line officers and staff have received training in assessing vulnerability to be able to identify and effectively respond to vulnerabilities that may elevate risk of harm for those juveniles who are detained.

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs in all boroughs identify all children and vulnerable adults at risk of criminal activity through triage and early support through diversionary activities are offered to prevent children and young people from coming into custody.