Statutory guidance

Concordat on children in custody

Guidance for police forces and local authorities in England on their responsibilities towards children in custody.

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Concordat on children in custody

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In 2014, the government established a working group on children in custody to address long-standing problems in the transfer of children from police custody to local authority accommodation, which is a requirement under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Children Act 1989.

This group, which included representatives from across government, found that forces and local authorities often misunderstand their statutory obligations and very few have the effective local collaboration in place to ensure that these transfers happen as they should.

In order to improve understanding and help forces and local authorities build effective collaboration at a local level, the working group produced the concordat on children in custody, clearly setting out each party’s duties and providing a protocol for how transfers should work in practice.

Signatories to the concordat on children in custody

Councils Police Forces
Avon and Somerset Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Barnsley Bedfordshire Police
Bath and North East Somerset Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Bedford City of London Police
Bexley Derbyshire Constabulary
Blackburn Devon & Cornwall Constabulary
Bournemouth Dorset Police
Bracknell Forest Essex Police
Bradford Gloucestershire Constabulary
Bristol Hampshire Constabulary
Bromley Hertfordshire Constabulary
Buckinghamshire Kent Police
Calderdale Leicestershire Constabulary
Cambridgeshire Lincolnshire Police
City of London Metropolitan Police Service
Cleveland Norfolk Constabulary
Coventry Northamptonshire Police
Cumbria Nottinghamshire Police
Derby Staffordshire Police
Devon Suffolk Constabulary
Devon and Cornwall Surrey Police
Doncaster Sussex Police
Dorset Thames Valley Police
Dudley Warwickshire Police
Durham Wiltshire Constabulary
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Published 30 October 2017
Last updated 3 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated list
  2. First published.