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Children: Residential Homes

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On how many occasions police have been called to children's residential homes in relation to minor offences in the last three years; and what measures are in place to reduce the use of the criminal justice system for low-level offending in children's residential homes. [HL1425]

Data on police being called to children's homes are not collected nationally.

The Government fund the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care to help promote effective practice within the children's homes sector. Sample protocols between children's homes and the police to improve joint working and reduce inappropriate reliance on the criminal justice system are being developed.