Between 2013 and 2014, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) held an inquiry into the relationship between children and the police.
The investigation explored a range of issues including the use of stop and search on under-18s, the detention of children and young people in police custody, police engagement in the local community and the needs of vulnerable children.
The APPGC has been working closely with policing leaders and relevant government departments to use the inquiry’s recommendations to strengthen police practice in relation to children and young people.
Outcomes of the inquiry
We have supported the work of the inquiry, which has successfully contributed to the following policy and legislative changes:
- the development of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s new children and young people’s policing strategy
- changes to legislation to ensure that 17-year-olds are treated as children when held in police custody
- changes to statutory guidance on stop and search so that it highlights police officers' responsibilities for safeguarding children and young people
- upcoming legislation to ensure that children and young people can never be held in police custody under the Mental Health Act 1983
Download the final report of the inquiry.
Download the interim report which analysed police force data on children and young people.
Download the progress report which consider’s progress against the inquiry recommendations one year on.
Download the minutes of the inquiry meetings below.
Oral evidence session 1
Oral evidence session 2
Oral evidence session 3
Oral evidence session 4
Oral evidence session 5
Oral evidence session 6
Oral evidence session 7
Launch of police data report
For minutes of other meetings and details of future APPGC meetings, please contact: Zoe Renton, Clerk, All Party Parliamentary Group for Children, tel: 020 7843 6013 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.