Council responds to Metropolitan Police letter and action plan on Child Q

Hackney Town Hall

Hackney Council gave the Met two weeks to outline the action it would take to assure communities that the experience of Child Q – a Black female child of secondary school age, who was strip-searched in a Hackney school by two female police officers, without an appropriate adult present – will not happen again.

It followed a safeguarding review of the case, published last month, which found failings by the police, and others, and made a series of recommendations.

This week, the Council received that plan from the Metropolitan Police, which acknowledged the failings in the case, accepted the review’s recommendations, recognised the widespread anger that the case has caused and made a series of commitments to try to become an anti-racist organisation. 

The Council’s Chief Executive, Mark Carroll, has today responded to the Met.