31st October 2016

Anne Longfield responds to BBC investigation into use of strip searches by police

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “Strip searches of children should only be undertaken under strict conditions, including the presence of an appropriate adult.

“Searches such as these should not be used routinely and must only be done when there is a clear need based on a genuine belief that an item has been concealed – which a child or young person would not be allowed while in police custody. I am currently looking at the provision of appropriate adults to children in custody.”