Children and Young People Session
Who are the APPG?
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children in Police Custody is a group of MPs (politicians) and members of the House of Lords from different political parties.
They are working together to raise awareness of the experiences of children in police custody and to investigate how things could be improved for children who have been arrested by the police. Knowing children and young people’s experiences of being searched, arrested and in police custody is vital to this APPG.
We want to capture the unfiltered voice, authentic experiences and possible solutions that children and young people may have.
Who are we looking for?
- Anyone now aged 16-20 who has had experience of being detained in police custody as a child (under 18).
- Anyone now aged 16-20 who has had experience of being strip-searched by the police when they were a child (under 18) This could be strip-searched in the community (e.g., in school) or in police custody.
Information Session Details
- 6th April 3:30-4:30pm (1 hour) on Zoom
- It is a non-committal information session for children and young people with these lived experiences to hear about the aim of the APPG and their involvement.
- No details are required to attend the information session.
- To join the information session: please text “APPG” to Miranda Bevan on 07594 443039.
Children and Young People Involvement
- If you have any of the experiences listed above – we want to hear from you and work with you. What you have to say matters.
- You can remain anonymous – meaning you do not have to share your name or any personal information for this call.
- What you say and ask during this information session and any workshops, will not be used against you.
Some benefits, if you take part:
- You will be contributing to a report and improving experiences with the police for all children and young people.
- This is an example of using your communication skills.
- You will be speaking your truth and what you have to say will be listened to and respected.
- If you choose to take part, you will be given a consent form to fill in.
- There is a choice of 3 workshops happening throughout in April (online and in-person options) for you to attend before the APPG happening on the 25th of April (at 5pm).
- You will be given a £20 Voucher of your choice, for your time and contribution to the APPG.
- Closing date: April 5th – make sure to text Miranda on 07594 443039 before then.
- The APPG are talking to adults as well about what happens in police custody. The APPG will produce a written report about what they have found. This report will be available online. The report may include things that you have said about your experiences, but they will not name you or identify you in any way.
The report aims to be published early 2024.
Your experience is vital to this report. The APPG need to hear what you have experienced and would like to work with you to change what police custody is like.
- You will not be asked to give your name.
- You do not have to answer any question if you do not wish to.
- You will be given the questions in advance.
- You can change your mind about being involved at any time.
- You will receive a £20 voucher as a thank-you for your participation.