Monday 16 January 2017

Police Scotland Strip-Searching Children

If you read the newspapers and watch TV (and read this blog) you'll probably know by now that Police Scotland have, for many years, been illegally stopping our children in the street and searching them without reason.

Regular readers of this blog will also know that when the police were hauled over the coals for these dodgy practices, instead of ceasing the practice, they simply changed tactics and used another different excuse, ahem, law to do the exact same thing to our children.

Yip, those crafty devils at Police Scotland just started using a law which allows them to stop and search children who they suspect of carrying alcohol.

What a surprise. Untrustworthy Police Scotland thumbing their noses at the Scottish public and simply using a different law to do exactly the same thing as they were doing before.Whod've thunk it eh

But what you probably don't know is that untrustworthy Police Scotland have also been strip-searching children.

The strip search involves the removal of all the child's clothing followed by a visual, external examination of their body.

This all came to light when the Metropolitan Police in London revealed that more than 4,500 children, some as young as 10, had been strip-searched over a five year period. That's a worrying statistic.

But hey, that's London police figures. What we really want to know is what are Police Scotland's child strip-search numbers?

Ermm, sorry, can't tell you that...

Because Police Scotland refuse to tell us. 

Police Scotland have declined a Freedom of Information request. 

Tam Baillie, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner in Scotland says "Strip-searching is, by its nature, a very intrusive procedure and should only be used in the most serious circumstances and always be regulated by strict safeguards. I am very concerned that Police Scotland is unable to produce data on the numbers of children and young people subject to this practice."

I completely agree with you Tam.

And I would also add that not only am I concerned that Police Scotland are unable to give us data on how many of our children they have strip-searched, I am also concerned as to why they will not give us data on how many of our children they have strip-searched.

The Hollie Greig case immediately comes to mind.

For those of you who don't know about this case, Hollie Greig was a child with learning difficulties who made serious allegations of child sex abuse to Aberdeen Police in 2000 and named 22 alleged abusers and 7 alleged victims (in addition to herself).

The alleged abusers include social workers, a judge, a senior police forensics officer, and two Head Teachers.

Aberdeen Police only interviewed TWO of the 22 named suspects and NONE of the 7 victims named by Hollie.

Now this could lead you to maybe think that there was perhaps no basis to Hollie's claims...

But 2 medical doctors and 2 clinical psychologists who examined her supported her allegations that she was sexually abused and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority examined Hollie’s allegations, accepted that she had been abused and awarded her £13,500 in compensation.

The Hollie Grieg case is still ongoing and the Scottish public are understandably concerned that a paedophile ring may exist which reaches far in to our justice system.

So when untrustworthy Police Scotland put blocks on transparency for no valid reason and refuse to tell the Scottish public how many of our children their officers are strip-searching it's little wonder public confidence in police is at an all-time low.