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Strip Searches of Children Whilst in Custody

Question

Under the Freedom of Information Act I request information about strip searches of children aged 17 years old or younger conducted by your police force. My definition of “strip search”  relates to both:

a) 'More thorough searches', as part of a stop and search, where the officer deems it necessary that the subject removes more than outer coat, jacket or gloves (as outlined in PACE, Code A, 3.6); and
b) 'Searches involving exposure of intimate parts of the body' as part of a stop and search where the person removes all or most of their clothing (as outlined in PACE, Code A, 3.7).

Please provide the following information:

Q1. The total number of incidents of strip searching of children aged 17 years old or younger while in police custody in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016 (from 1st January 2016 up to and including 1st October 2016).

Q2. Please breakdown the figures in Q1 (a) and (b) by age.

Q3. Please breakdown the figures in Q1 (a) and (b) by type of search.

Q3. Please breakdown the figures in Q1 (a) and (b) by presence of appropriate adult or carer during the intimate strip search.

Answer

Please find the information in the table below, we have used your definitions of ‘thorough search’ and ‘strip search’ to categorise these.

2015

Age

Type

AA present?

Strip Search

Thorough Search

Yes

No

14

4

0

3

1

15

9

1

4

6

16

8

2

3

7

17

25

4

3

26

 

2016 up to 1st October 2016

Age

Type

AA present?

Strip Search

Thorough Search

Yes

No

14

2

0

1

1

15

3

1

1

3

16

10

0

1

9

17

16

3

3

16

In some cases the detainee requested that their Appropriate Adult was not present during the search.

FOI reference 1260/16.

Date of request: 11.10.16.