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IPCC rules that Sussex Police fail in duty towards disabled eleven year-old girl

An eleven-year old girl who suffered from a neurological disability had been detained in police custody for a total of 60 hours under mental health laws, but without appropriate procedures being followed. 
 
An investigation was conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which found that the police failed to respond to the child’s needs.  They could not justify use of force when restraining and hooding her and failed to ensure the presence of an appropriate adult, as required by mental health laws. 
 
The police must not use excessive force when using methods of restraint, otherwise they risk violating the right to be free from torture or inhuman or degrading treatment, the right to liberty and security and the right to privacy and family life.  The IPCC made a number of recommendations to ensure that the police respond appropriately to the needs of a vulnerable child.  The recommendations included: training police staff on mental health, on use of correct procedures and by reminding police of their accountability for each occasion on which they use force and the need to record all interactions with detainees.
 
Read BBC News article here.
 

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Children's Rights, Disability, Mental Health