Welcome to the Child Centred Policing web site for Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police are committed to providing a child-centred police force to all children and young people across the two force areas, in particular to:

  • Ensure the safeguarding of children and young people is at the forefront of all we do.
  • Provide dedicated and specialist services to children and young people who are victims.
  • Reduce the number of young people entering the criminal justice system, providing alternate diversion activities.
  • Use the Adverse Child Experience theory to identify vulnerable children and young people and provide early intervention
  • Fully support the National Police Chief Council’s Children and young person’s strategy and identified priorities

National Strategy for the Policing of Children and Young People

Children and young people (C&YP) account for over 12 million of the population in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They come from a wide range of backgrounds with different cultures and experiences. Many of them will come into contact with the police service as they grow up for a myriad of reasons. In this strategy we have set out our key principles which we believe are important when policing children and young people.

Children in Care and Care Leavers

Objective D&C Dorset

Commitment to specialist CSE functions (HMI)

Children in Care are identified as vulnerable through processes and systems (HMI)

Put in place ‘Local children in care’ protocol (HMI)

Enhanced decision making process for children in care entering the criminal justice system (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Training and CPD for all officers and staff (HMI)

Development of effective partnership arrangements (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Forces sign up to record data on demand from children homes and crime recorded (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Children and young people scrutiny board to be established (HMI)

CSE/Child Protection meeting (HMI)

Engagement and Relationship

Objective D&C Dorset

Opportunities for children and young people to volunteer (HMI)

Create apprentice opportunities for children in care (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Police Cadets (HMI)

Explore opportunities for digital engagement (HMI)

Create consistent and good practice education packages for children and young people on relevant themes (National Guidance)

Provide opportunities for children and young people to provide their views and influence policing in areas that affect them (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Force to record engagement activity undertaken (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

CCP scrutiny board to be established (HMI)

Engagement and Consultation working group (HMI)

CYP Scrutiny Panel for Stop & search (Local)

Police Custody

Objective D&C Dorset

18(6) protocol in place (HMI)

Effective protocols in place for children and young people to be diverted from custody (HMI)

Child centred custody centres in place (HMI)

Custody to highlight if a child in custody is a looked after child (HMI)

Forces to adhere to HMIC inspections in custody (HMI)

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Objective D&C Dorset

Collect data for strip searching in custody (HMI)

Examine data for overnight detention (HMI)

Monitor time taken for an appropriate adult to attend (HMI)

Force to examine data for volume of young people aged 17 and under in custody (HMI)

Examine data of children and young people with mental health in custody (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Children and young people scrutiny board to be established (HMI)

Children and young people governance group to be identified to include; CCP performance reports, exception reports (HMI)

Appropriate adult scheme (HMI)

Independent custody visiting scheme (HMI)

Stop and Search

Objective D&C Dorset

Child Centred Stop and Search Policies (HMI)

Safeguarding Referrals for all under 18s (HMI)

Notification to parents of all under 18s subject to Stop and Search (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Force wide Stop and Search Training (HMI)

Children and Young Person Stop and Search Group (HMI)

‘Know your Rights’ Education package (HMI)

Clear and accessible complaints procedures (HMI)

Child Centred Policing Engagement and Consultation group (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Collect Stop and Search data on all children and young people aged 24 and under (HMI)

Collect Stop and Search data on all children and young people broken down by ethnicity and gender (HMI)

Collect conversion rate data to include arrest, positive outcomes (HMI)

Review safeguarding referrals (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

All Stop and Search of under 13s reviewed (HMI)

Children and Young People Scrutiny Board to be established (HMI)

CCP plan governance group to be identified, to include CCP performance report and exception reports (HMI)

Independent Advisory Stop and Search group (HMI)

Force Stop and Search working group (HMI)

Victims

Objective D&C Dorset

Ensure specialised support for services to children and young people who are victims (HMI)

Use evidence based research to provide function on police systems to identify victims at an earlier stage (HMI)

Policies are child centred and victim orientated (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Capture the views of young victims (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Collect and scrutinise data on victims aged 10-17 (HMI)

Collect and scrutinise data for repeat victims aged 10-17 (HMI)

Collect and scrutinise data on victim contact (HMI)

Collect RJ data (HMI)

Howard League advised (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Children and young people scrutiny board to be established (HMI)

Victims Board (HMI)

Youth Offending and Reducing Criminalisation

Objective D&C Dorset

Explore early intervention options to reduce reoffending (HMI)

Explore options available for force decision making regarding offending outcomes for children and young people (HMI)

Force to explore options for identifying vulnerability factors through tools such as ACE (HMI)

Embed the national review of YOT officers (HMI)

Policies and Procedures in place regarding youth prodcued sexual imagery (HMI)

Diversion schemes for children and young people in place (HMI)

Cannabis diversion scheme in place for first time offenders (HMI)

Reducing criminalisation of children in care in place (HMI)

School incidents procedure in place (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Effective partnership arrangements for diversion and safeguarding (HMI)

Youth Justice to be delivered as part of force training to new officers (HMI)

All sergeants to be trained in Youth out of court disposals (HMI)

Forces to provide youth caution training (HMI)

Training and CPD for all officers and staff (HMI)

Effective partnership working to avoid custody and criminalisation (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

Examine use of out of court disposals and charges (HMI)

Collect force data for first time entrants (HMI)

Collate and scrutinise timeliness of out of court disposals (HMI)

Scrutinise use of Outcome 21 (HMI)

Objective D&C Dorset

CCP scrutiny board to be established (HMI)

Youth Justice Forum to be established (HMI)

Youth Justice Board (HMI)

Out of Court Disposal scrutiny panels (HMI)

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