Concordat on children in custody
Guidance for police forces and local authorities in England on their responsibilities towards children in custody.
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
|Avon and Somerset||Avon & Somerset Constabulary|
|Bath and North East Somerset||Cambridgeshire Constabulary|
|Bedford||City of London Police|
|Blackburn||Devon & Cornwall Constabulary|
|Bracknell Forest||Essex Police|
|City of London||Metropolitan Police Service|
|Devon and Cornwall||Suffolk Constabulary|
|Dudley||Thames Valley Police|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||Wiltshire Constabulary|
|East Sussex||West Yorkshire Police|
|Isle of Wight|
|Isles of Scilly|
|Kensington and Chelsea|
|North East Lincolnshire|
|Redcar and Cleveland|
|Stockton on Tees|
|Telford & Wrekin|
We are aware this publication may have accessibility issues. We are reviewing it so that we can fix these.
Read more about our accessible documents policy.
Last updated 16 January 2020 + show all updates
Kent added to the signatories to the concordat on children in custody list.
Merseyside Police added as a police force.
Updated to add West Yorkshire Police to the list of signatories.
Added Warwickshire under councils.