Our director co-signs letter on the strip-searching of children

Date: 
Thursday, 22 January, 2015

Our Director Richard Garside is among the signatories to a letter published today in The Guardian calling for the strip-searching of children in police stations to be used only as a last resort.

It describes strip-searching as 'a humiliating, degrading and frightening experience for anyone, but especially for children' and highlights the fact that many of the children who come into contact with the police have a history of abuse and mental health problems, making them extremely vulnerable.

The letter urges the government to ensure proper safeguarding and child protection measures are put in place when the police do strip-search children.