MP to campaign on deaths in custody

    Hilton Dawson MP and a group of youth justice campaigners are to
    lobby parliamentary candidates about child deaths in custody in the
    run up to the general election.

    Dawson this week told groups including Nacro and The Children’s
    Society that he would table an early day motion on the issue.

    Twenty-eight children have died in custody since 1990. Three deaths
    occurred in the past 12 months, including the youngest ever
    recorded case, 14-year-old Adam Rickwood.

    Speaking at a parliamentary debate, Dawson told prisons 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.”

    Meanwhile, a Nacro report published this week renews calls for the
    government to urgently look at alternatives to prison.

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