County news: Vulnerable girl’s custody ‘nightmare’ - NSPCC calls for better police training

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC. Picture by Benajmin Girling Wilson/NSPCC SUS-160126-175817001
Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC. Picture by Benajmin Girling Wilson/NSPCC SUS-160126-175817001

Children’s charity the NSPCC has responded to this morning’s IPCC report into Sussex Police’s treatment of an 11 year old with neurological problems.

An NSPCC representative said: “It is hard to imagine a situation where it would be absolutely necessary to use this kind of force on a vulnerable child.

“Forcing a ‘spithood’ on someone is likely to be upsetting for most people, but for a child with autism it would be deeply traumatic.

“It’s time more police forces introduced training so as officers can deal appropriately with vulnerable children including those with autism, learning difficulties and mental health issues.”

Original story: http://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/local/vulnerable-girl-s-nightmare-time-in-custody-prompts-policy-change-1-7420685

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