MP urges action over child deaths in custody

    Parliamentary candidates face being lobbied by youth justice
    campaigners over the issue of child deaths in custody in the run-up
    to the general election, writes Maria Ahmed from the
    House of Commons
    .

    Hilton Dawson MP told a meeting with youth justice campaigners
    including Nacro and The Children’s Society in parliament
    today that he would table an early day motion on the issue.

    Twenty eight children have died in custody since 1990, with
    three of these deaths occurring in the last 12 months. Adam
    Rickwood became the youngest ever person to die in custody aged
    14-years-old.

    Speaking at a parliamentary debate last week, Dawson told home
    officer minister Paul Goggins: “We know what happens to
    social workers in cases in the community where children die at the
    hands of parents or carers, but it seems there is little concern
    about children who have committed offences who die in our
    prisons.”

    Rehabilitation agency Nacro also published a report this week
    calling for a reduction of young people in custody which urges the
    government to take action at looking at alternatives to prison.

    Community Care campaigned during 2004 for a reduction
    of the numbers of children being sent to prison. For more
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