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Over 600 children subjected to “traumatic” strip searches by the police

More than six one hundred children were forced to undergo “intrusive and traumatic” strip searches by the Metropolitan Police. over two-year period, with Black boys are disproportionately targeted, figures show.

About 650 people aged 10 to 17 were subjected to a strip search. force officers between 2018 and 2020, according to data obtained from Scotland Yard by the Children’s Commissioner.

Of these children, 58 percent were described as black by the officer, and more over 95 percent were boys.

Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza requested the data after the Child Q scandal erupted. light in March.

fifteen-year- an old schoolgirl was strip-searched by the police during on her period after the false accusation of wear cannabis at school.

A search conducted by female members of the Metropolitan Police took place in 2020 without the presence of another adult and in knowing she was menstruating, defense report found.

BUT review conducted by the City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP), completed a strip search. should never happened, was unjustified, and racism “was most likely a contributing factor”.

A criminal case has been initiated against four employees of the Metropolitan Police. for gross violation by an independent office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in connection with Incident.

The demonstrators protested over strip search of a young black girl in March

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The demonstrators protested over strip search of a young black girl in March

(PA wire)

Scotland Yard apologized and said so.”should It never happened”.

Bhatt Murphy Law Firm announced in March that teenager filed a civil lawsuit against Metropolitan and its school, in order to receive “iron commitment to ensure it never happens again any other child.”

The IOPC has since confirmed that it is investigating four more strip searches. of children between early 2020 and 2022, and is considering exploring three more.

Numbers show what number of strip searches on children increased each year, up 18 percent in 2018, 36 percent in 2019 and 46% in 2020.

Almost through quarter of cases (23 percent), strip searches took place without the confirmed presence of an “appropriate adult”.

it required by law, except in cases of “urgent” and usually parent or guardian, but may also to be social worker, caregiver or volunteer.

Two-thirds of they (70 percent) involved black boys.

Schoolgirls took to the streets outside Stoke Newington Police Station in March

(PA wire)

Overall 53 percent of all strip searches led in no further action, which the Children’s Commissioner says indicates they “may well be unjustified or necessary”. in all cases.”

Dame Rachel said she was “deeply shocked” by the numbers that show that a significant number of children “subjected to this obsessive and traumatic practice each year”.

She is also “very much concerned”with ethnic disproportion, they reveal.

She said, “I’m not sure what happened to Baby Q was an isolated incident. issuebut instead I think this can be a particularly important example of a more systemic problem around the child protection in the Metropolitan Police.

“I remain not convinced that the Metropolitan Police are consistently considering children’s welfare and welfare.”

Female sign says: “No racist police.” Justice for Baby Q’ at the March protest

(PA wire)

Dame Rachel said she gave the data to Baroness Louise Casey, who bears out a review to the standards at the Met.

Children’s Commissioner team will request comparable data from all police forces in England.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “The Metropolitan Police are making progress on pace work to ensure children subjected to harassing searches with appropriate and respectful. We recognize the significant impact of such searches.

“We have already made changes and continue work hard balance policing need for this type of Search with significant impact it can have on young people.

“We have made sure that our officers and staff have an updated understanding of in policy for conducting a “further search”, especially around the claim for the presence of an appropriate adult. We have also gave officers advice on how to conduct business with schools, ensuring that children regarded as children and keeping in mind for persons under 18 years of age.

“More broadly, we have considered policy for “further search” for persons under 18 years of age. This is done in order to make sure that policy fit and also what he admits fact child in these circumstances may well be a vulnerable victim of exploitation by others in gangs, counties and the drug trade.”

Additional PA reporting

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