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Children held in custody (12663/19)


I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details of children being held under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

More specifically, I am requesting the following:

  1. In the calendar year 2019 so far (from 1 January 2019 until today’s date 18 July 2019) please provide:
    a) How many children (aged under 18) were held in police custody under s136 of the Mental Health Act
    b) For each, please provide a breakdown, giving their gender, age and the length of time they were held in custody (in hours and minutes if known)
  2. a) and b) The same for calendar year 2018
  3. a) and b) The same for calendar year 2017


Please find attached our response.

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. As a consequence, 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.