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Ep2: Children in police cells

Children suspected of committing a crime can be held in a windowless cell for hours
Alexandra Kimmons
17 Jun 2022

This episode shines a light on the experiences of children aged 10 to 18 held in police custody. On average, children suspected of committing a crime are held in a windowless cell for 11 hours with nothing to do and often no one to talk to.

Rob and Penelope along with guests Mel Stooks, solicitor for the firm GT Stewart, and Dr Vicky Kemp, Principal Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, discuss what this experience is like for children and provide practical suggestions for how it could be improved.

Mel Stooks of @GTStewartSols
Mel’s profile can be found here.

Dr Vicky Kemp @DrVickyKemp
Read Dr Vicky Kemp’s recent article on children’s understanding of their legal rights here.

Further Resources
The Channel 4 documentary series 24 hours in police custody can be found here.
If you are interested in becoming an appropriate adult, you can find out how here.

The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons and Sonderbug Productions. With thanks to Burges Salmon LLP for use of their space.