Police stopped and strip-searched more than 2,800 children in four years – with the youngest only 8-years-old, a damning new report has revealed.
Using data for forces across England Wales, Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza found that nearly a quarter of children strip-searched were aged between 10 and 15.
More than a third (38%) of those strip-searched were black, and with black children making up 5.9% of the population that makes them more than six times more likely to be targeted.
The report will be published on Monday and comes after the Child Q scandal which came to light last March.
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