Stop locking up children with mental health problems - Huppert

Julianspeaking.jpgMP Julian Huppert is urging Cambridgeshire Police to create an action plan so that children with mental health problems are no longer held in police cells.

Last year five under 18s, who suffered a mental health crisis, were held in the cells due to staff shortages or a lack of appropriate facilities.


Julian is calling on the police to comply with new national standards for mental health crisis treatment.


He said: “A child with mental health problems should never be held in a police cell while awaiting treatment. I want to see an end to this practice so that these children are taken to hospital.


“Police across the country have been asked to sign up to a Crisis Care Concordat setting out how organisations should work together to improve mental health crisis treatment standards.”


Health and Care Minister, Norman Lamb is backing Julian’s campaign. He said: “I have made it my mission to help end the use of police cells by those under the age of 18. We are not there yet, but we are making real progress.


"Effective support for young people experiencing mental health problems can have a transformative effect on the course of their entire lives."

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