Children in custody

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4842
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

For the last 12 months, please state how many children under:

12

13

14

15

16

Have been held in police custody for:

Over 4 hours

Over 8 hours

Overnight

Over a weekend

Answer

Answer for Children in custody

Answer for Children in custody

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please note, Clause 60 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2015 will amend the Mental Health Act with a new subsection 136A, which is intended to prevent children being detained in police custody under the specific provisions of that Act.

The MPS is working with local authorities to reduce the number of children detained at a police station after charge. There are clear requirements on local authorities to respond and take into their care young people who have been refused bail. Children who are charged with an offence and refused bail should be transferred to local authority accommodation unless there is no such accommodation or escort available, or there is insufficient time to do so before attending court. On a daily basis Custody Support Inspectors are reporting to Met Detention Command meetings cases where local authorities have not responded so that this can be raised with them directly.

Find below the total number of children with duration held in custody (Nov15-Oct16)             

Age at arrest

Overnight (4hrs or more between 00:00 & 08:00) in custody

Under 12

47

24

10

4

163

133

77

392

552

342

68

806

1296

959

179

1132

2261

1721

277

1410

2934

2211

343

Please Note

       'Overnight' detention is defined as holding an individual within custody for four or more consecutive hours between midnight and 8:00am.  'Weekend' detention is defined as holding within custody an individual, who has been detained at some time on a Saturday or Sunday, for at least four hours before being released the following Monday.

       The number of detentions do not equate to the number of individuals detained.  E.g. an individual detainee may have been arrested twice within the time period stated.