Prior permission from a police inspector will be required in two districts of London before a child can be searched under new measures introduced after the Child Q scandal.
The case of Child Q – a 15-year-old black schoolgirl who was searched by police when she was menstruating after being wrongly suspected of carrying cannabis – provoked outrage and increased pressure on the fighters. The metropolitan police.
Her family is sue the force and her school for the incidentwhich happened in December 2020.
Now the force says they are launching a pilot over Hackney and Tower Hamlets to require an inspector to give their approval before a strip search takes place.
This will ensure “appropriate oversight of such intrusive intervention,” said Deputy Commissioner Laurence Taylor.
The pilot will be tested in the two north-east London districts before the force considers expanding it over London.
What happened in the case of Child Q?
The search for Child Q, by female Metropolitan Police officers, took place without another adult present and with the knowledge that she was menstruating, found a safety report.
A review of protection practices concluded that the search was unjustified and that racism “was likely to have been an influencing factor”.
Three police officers have been investigated for misconduct by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which is completing its report.
Scotland Yard has apologized, saying the incident “should never have happened”.
Members of the Riksdag expressed their anger and required immediate action after the investigation emerged and Police Minister Kit Malthouse admitted that the public had a right to expect higher standards from the force.
It aroused heightened emotions from politicians, including Labor Hackney MP Diane Abbott, who said: “All parents think ‘this could have been my daughter’.