Children Detained MHA (2802_15)

Request

  1. The number of children (under 18) detained under s136 of the Mental Health Act and held in a police cell between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014.
  1. The number of children (under 18) detained under s136 of the Mental Health Act between 1st January 2015 and 30th June 2015. Please provide detail of where each child was held (for example, a police cell/A&E) and how long they were held.

Response

See attached (2802_attachment_01.pdf) and please note that data for this request was extracted from a number of different sources with different recording systems. As a consequence, the level of detail held differs across cases.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Attachments

2802_Attachment_01

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