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Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under the age of 18 were taken into police custody as a place of safety under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act in 2016-17.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office collects and publishes information on the number of persons detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, including information on where the person is detained, and whether they are under the age of 18 years old.

These data are published as part of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2017

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