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Sussex Police Implementation of Custody Hour

Date: Wednesday, 03rd Feb 2021 | Category: General

Sussex Police has been working in partnership with a range of stakeholder to agree a new way to share information regarding children that come into police custody.

This new way of sharing information starts at 00:01 on 08 February 2020 and includes a commitment by Sussex Police to inform partners of a child arrest within 1 hour of the detention being authorised (not arrival) at a custody centre, both in and out of normal business hours.

This is about working together to protect children and a commitment to working together towards understanding:

    • Reason for detention;
    • Working together to highlight and address immediate health or vulnerability needs;
    • Identify the best person to perform the role of the appropriate adult for the child detained;
    • Understanding wider safeguarding;
    • Doing everything we can to avoid an adverse child experience.
    • Information must be shared – there are appropriate information sharing agreements in place, this is about promoting the safeguarding of children in our collective care.