Reducing Police Contact

About the issue

Children and young people in care are more likely to come into more contact with police than those who are non-care experienced. They are reported missing in circumstances when non-care-experienced children and young people would not have been and experience the police being called for minor incidents, which is not the case for non-care experienced children and young people. Police frequently being present in care homes and placements further differs the experience of the police by children and young people in care from that of other children. Decreasing inappropriate reporting of children and young people to the police, and police being less present in care homes and placements would reduce unnecessary police contact that may lead to young people being unintentionally criminalised.

Jayden and Megan's Stories

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