The charity The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) feels more support should be available to help children deal with the trauma.
Lack of training and risk assessment procedures raised considerable concerns. It is believed that ignoring this issue risk casting these children into the strong current of criminality, making them fear and distrust the police and leaving them scared and angry. Solutions can be cheap and simple but would prove invaluable and would protect the next generation.
Andy Keen-Downs, Chief Executive, of Pact understand the courage and professionalism of the police but equally identifies an urgent need to recognise the harm and trauma the children experience when their homes are raided. He urges that adequate safeguards are in place and invite police and crime commissioners, police forces, magistrates to work with Pact to find solutions.
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