Arrangements for safeguarding arrested and detained children

Charles Bell made this Freedom of Information request to Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

The following questions concern arrangements to safeguard children detained by police officers as required of the local authority under section 38(4) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and related legislation. Questions have been sent to a number of other local authorities and will inform follow-up research to that which has already been published and is freely available.
In providing a response please consult your Out-of-Hours service in relation to questions concerning appropriate adults an detained children.
Policy etc.
1. Please provide your policy and procedures documents that cover arrangements concerning receipt of a request for an appropriate adult; attendance at the police station; addressing disposals (including youth cautions); Youth Justice Board remand management guidance; arrangements for accommodation usually of an emergency nature under section 21(2)(a) and(b) Children Act.
2. (i)Please provide details of policies and procedures concerning children making complaints including standard documentation that i given to children. (ii)Please describe if and how these are made available to children detained at the police station who are not accommodated as required by section 21 Children Act? For example, are such complaint procedures made available at the police station or by the YOT at court; to the child or to the child’s legal representative?
3. (i)Please provide policies and procedures concerning the schedule 2 duty under the Children Act to avoid the need for criminal proceedings (e.g. diversion from a decision to charge and to avoid the use of secure accommodation (including requests for it) insofar as they apply to children allegedly in conflict with the law.
(ii)Please provide the same concerning the provision for a section 17 assessment to be conducted at the same time as undertaking duties under any other enactment.
4. Please provide any other policy or protocol you are party to concerning arrangements for children under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and sections 17, 20, 21 and 25 Children Act in relation to children allegedly in conflict with the law.
Appropriate adult (AA)arrangements.

1. Please describe your arrangements in terms of service delivery method and provider type; availability; person specification criteria; status in terms of whether a volunteer, sessional worker or local authority full time employee; arrangements for supervision and management.
2. (i)How many appropriate adults do you or your service provider have available within your local authority area?
(ii)Over the last three month period what percentage have attended the police station on : Less than five occasions; 5 – 10 occasions; more than 10 occasions?
3. If you or your service provider have a job that fulfils the role of an appropriate adult coordinator please provide the job description and person specification and details of how, when and where the post was last advertised.
4. (i)Please provide specific details of the training that was delivered to your last cohort of appropriate adults who were recruited together with a summary of ongoing training.
(ii) Who delivered this?
(iii) How an in what way was the Children’s Services training department/officer engaged in this?
(iv) Is the program validated or accredited in any way and, if so, with whom?

The question is asking for a specific curriculum or training program. This will provide an important element of the follow-up study which will also consider relevant custody officer training and that for accredited police station representatives with relevant agencies in the process of providing detailed information.
5. Please provide details of written material provided to or available to appropriate adults. This may include legislation including secondary legislation, text books such as a primer on criminal law etc.
6. If not included in the above, what training do your appropriate adults receive concerning the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and thresholds for action most recently referred to in Working Together 2013?

Statutory national standards and Youth Justice Board Guidance.
1. (i)Over the last three months how many requests have been received by the local authority under section 38(6) PACE and section 21(2)(b) Children Act 1989? Please break down these requests between secure accommodation and non-secure accommodation.
(ii) How many such children have been accommodated by the local authority and how many have been left in police cells?
(iii) In relation to those transferred to local authority accommodation how many have failed to appear in court or committed offences before doing so?
(iv) In how many of these cases did the local authority provide the appropriate adult through: the YOT or an externally provided service? There will be some cases where neither of these apply.
(v) Distinguishing between those left in police cells and those moved to local authority accommodation (it may be that there is no distinction if all were dealt with in one way or another) what were the remand outcomes at court on first appearance?
(vi) On how many occasions has a member of the YOT (as opposed to a volunteer or contracted out person) attended the police station in relation to the above cases and advocated for bail or made arrangements for a child detained under section 38(6) PACE to be transferred to local authority accommodation a required by law?
(vii) How does your YOT apply in practice the Youth Justice Board guidance pasted below?
(viii) Has the issue of children detained in police cells under section 38 been drawn to the attention of your Local Safeguarding Children Board and to what effect? Please provide minutes or links that relate to this.

Below I have pasted an extract from YJB Guidance for the sake of convenience.

• Bail and remand management is a crucial part of the service provided by YOTs at various points and places in the youth justice system. These include:
• at the police station, following the arrest of a child or young person

The overall aim of bail and remand management is to:
• minimise inappropriate use of custody
• ensure that children and young people attend court

Possibility of bail being refused
Where an appropriate adult identifies that there is a possibility that bail will be refused, they should alert the YOT immediately.
Where it is necessary to detain a child or young person overnight in accordance with section 38 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the YOT should be contacted to make the arrangements as outlined later in this section
The custody officer is required to liaise with the local authority to request PACE accommodation transfers. Given that the YOT may hold information and/or assessments on the child or young person, it is expected that the YOT will be involved in this referral process.
Preventing refusal of police bail
Alternatives to Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 transfers
Where there is a possibility that the police will refuse bail, the YOT staff responsible for bail and remand support should look at providing bail information and/or bail supervision and support to help facilitate bail being granted. As soon the appropriate adult identifies that there is a possibility of bail being refused, YOT staff should begin liaising with the custody officer to address any concerns about granting bail. If the liaison with the YOT does not satisfy the police concerns about granting bail then it is most likely that the child or young person will be put before a court to hear a remand application.
Addressing police concerns about granting bail
YOT staff should assess the young person's situation and circumstances to:
establish their previous offending and bail history
identify whether or not the child or young person is known to the YOT or other statutory service
determine whether they are able to return home
verify the suitability and stability of the proposed bail address.
The YOT practitioner should then:
advocate for bail where appropriate (it is always appropriate)
provide bail information that may address the police's concerns
outline the available support and the measures that will be taken to ensure the young person's attendance at court
ensure that all other available options have been considered.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Bell

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

I have been advised that it would be helpful to reduce the number of questions originally asked through your YOT Manager, STuart Johnson.

Please see and accept the revision that now appears to be acceptable. Stuart will explain if necessary. I am rather sick at present and find it hard to sit in front of a PC.

I’m not sure we can Charlie as it is your official, statutory request to us I think you may have to do it?

I copy in my manager Steve for his advice?

Stuart Johnson
Head of Youth Offending Services
Tower Hamlets & City of London Youth Offending Service
Education, Social Care and Wellbeing Directorate
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
5th Floor, Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London, E14 2BG

Tel: 0207 364 1160
Mob: 07946 863 314
Fax: 0207 364 0362

E-mail: [email address]
Secure: [email address]

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From: Charles Bell [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 25 September 2013 16:16
To: Stuart Johnson
Subject: RE: Your FI request

Can you arrange with TH to proceed as amended? I am not so well myself this week and to sit in front of a PC is painful.

The SCR case…it raises all sorts of issues for out of Borough placements. You are not the only one but you were the unfortunate one. TH was not without omission but it seems that these LAS where these placements are made need to routinise pushing the button with home LAs. I was very concerned about the reference to the “YOT culture”. Ut I wont ask questions. For a kid like that “breach equals “rejection”. The older I get the easier I find it to look at issues from a child’s perspective.

I remember reading a thematic review on such placements not so long ago. Perhaps it needs to be re-visited.

Charles

www.youthjusticematters.info
07721 551981
Skype: Charlie4622
Twitter charlie462

From: Stuart Johnson [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 25 September 2013 15:40
To: 'Charles Bell'
Subject: RE: Your FI request

That looks much more manageable Charlie, you might want to use it if anyone rejects on time grounds.

Will you formally withdraw and se-submit to TH now?

Yes the SCR was indeed a tragic case, personally moving for me as my service had never heard of the lad until I sat in a room with others deciding whether or not accept medical advice to turn off life support. We applied to judge in chambers for stay whilst seeking a second medical opinion but he died during that night.

You are correct PACE wasn’t really mentioned.

Stuart Johnson
Head of Youth Offending Services
Tower Hamlets & City of London Youth Offending Service
Education, Social Care and Wellbeing Directorate
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
5th Floor, Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London, E14 2BG

Tel: 0207 364 1160
Mob: 07946 863 314
Fax: 0207 364 0362

E-mail: [email address]
Secure: [email address]

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From: Charles Bell [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 25 September 2013 15:31
To: Stuart Johnson
Subject: RE: Your FI request

OK. Lets try and edit! If it still presents problems get back to me.

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

The following questions concern arrangements to safeguard children
detained by police officers as required of the local authority
under section 38(4) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and related
legislation. Questions have been sent to a number of other local
authorities and will inform follow-up research to that which has
already been published and is freely available.
In providing a response please consult your Out-of-Hours service in
relation to questions concerning appropriate adults an detained
children.

Policy etc.
1. Please provide your policy and procedures documents that cover
arrangements concerning receipt of a request for an appropriate
adult; attendance at the police station; addressing disposals
(including youth cautions); Youth Justice Board remand management
guidance; arrangements for accommodation usually of an emergency
nature under section 21(2)(a) and(b) Children Act.
2. (i)Please provide details of policies and procedures concerning
children making complaints including standard documentation that i
given to children. (ii)Please describe if and how these are made
available to children detained at the police station who are not
accommodated as required by section 21 Children Act? For example,
are such complaint procedures made available at the police station
or by the YOT at court; to the child or to the child’s legal
representative?

3. And 4. Deleted..

1. Please describe your arrangements in terms of service delivery
method and provider type; availability; person specification
criteria; status in terms of whether a volunteer, sessional worker
or local authority full time employee; arrangements for supervision
and management.
2. (i)How many appropriate adults do you or your service provider
have available within your local authority area?
(ii)Over the last three month period what percentage have attended
the police station on : Less than five occasions; 5 – 10 occasions;
more than 10 occasions? Important cos in too many areas it’s the same 2 or 3 people. Slough came in with two doing 80% of interviews yesterday.
3. If you or your service provider have a job that fulfils the role
of an appropriate adult coordinator please provide the job
description and person specification and details of how, when and
where the post was last advertised. I know the answer to this so don’t bother.
4. (i)Please provide specific details of the training that was
delivered to your last cohort of appropriate adults who were
recruited together with a summary of ongoing training.
(ii) Who delivered this?
(iii) How an in what way was the Children’s Services training
department/officer engaged in this? Not applicable I suspect….after all its learn online in your own time with TASS which is why you have to be able to read and write.
(iv) Is the program validated or accredited in any way and, if so,
with whom? No longer applicable. If it is only TASS I know the answer cos it has recently been downgraded.

The question is asking for a specific curriculum or training
program. This will provide an important element of the follow-up
study which will also consider relevant custody officer training
and that for accredited police station representatives with
relevant agencies in the process of providing detailed information. Important cos everybody is so secretive. Birmingham do NAAN standards of 20 hours in one day! Damned if I can get hold of custody officer training either which perhaps explains why it wasn’t referenced in Who’s looking out…?

5. Please provide details of written material provided to or
available to appropriate adults. This may include legislation
including secondary legislation, text books such as a primer on
criminal law etc. Quite important. I guess but need to substantiate that all AAs get is a copy of the Code.
6. If not included in the above, what training do your appropriate
adults receive concerning the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and
thresholds for action most recently referred to in Working Together
2013? Should be simple: some or none. I suspect the latter.

Statutory national standards and Youth Justice Board Guidance.
1. (i)Over the last three months how many requests have been
received by the local authority under section 38(6) PACE and
section 21(2)(b) Children Act 1989? Please break down these
requests between secure accommodation and non-secure accommodation.
(ii) How many such children have been accommodated by the local
authority and how many have been left in police cells?
(iii) In relation to those transferred to local authority
accommodation how many have failed to appear in court or committed
offences before doing so?
(iv) In how many of these cases did the local authority provide the
appropriate adult through: the YOT or an externally provided
service? There will be some cases where neither of these apply.
(v) Distinguishing between those left in police cells and those
moved to local authority accommodation (it may be that there is no
distinction if all were dealt with in one way or another) what were
the remand outcomes at court on first appearance?
(vi) On how many occasions has a member of the YOT (as opposed to a
volunteer or contracted out person) attended the police station in
relation to the above cases and advocated for bail or made
arrangements for a child detained under section 38(6) PACE to be
transferred to local authority accommodation a required by law?
(vii) How does your YOT apply in practice the Youth Justice Board
guidance pasted below?

This is essential. The YJB Guidance ….either it is in your procedures or it is not.

(viii) Has the issue of children detained in police cells under
section 38 been drawn to the attention of your Local Safeguarding
Children Board and to what effect? Please provide minutes or links
that relate to this.

I read your tragic SCR. PACE didn’t get a mention from what I recall. Quite happy to withdraw this one.

Charles

www.youthjusticematters.info

Skype: Charlie4622
Twitter charlie462

From: Stuart Johnson [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 24 September 2013 14:56
To: 'Charles Bell'
Subject: Your FI request

Charlie, there are feelings that what you ask may take longer than 18hrs, because of several members of staff and agencies collating you might get a better return if you can withdraw and pare it down?

Cheers, Stuart

Stuart Johnson
Head of Youth Offending Services
Tower Hamlets & City of London Youth Offending Service
Education, Social Care and Wellbeing Directorate
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
5th Floor, Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London,
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E-mail: [email address]
Secure: [email address]

Yours faithfully,

Charles Bell

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

Any chance of a date when a reply will be received?

Yours faithfully,

Charles Bell

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Tower Hamlets Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Arrangements for safeguarding arrested and detained children'.

I am still awaiting a response to my amended request for information the amendment being copied below from previous correspondence.

Please advise when a reply can be expected.
Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

The following questions concern arrangements to safeguard children
detained by police officers as required of the local authority
under section 38(4) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and related
legislation. Questions have been sent to a number of other local
authorities and will inform follow-up research to that which has
already been published and is freely available.
In providing a response please consult your Out-of-Hours service in
relation to questions concerning appropriate adults an detained
children.

Policy etc.
1. Please provide your policy and procedures documents that cover
arrangements concerning receipt of a request for an appropriate
adult; attendance at the police station; addressing disposals
(including youth cautions); Youth Justice Board remand management
guidance; arrangements for accommodation usually of an emergency
nature under section 21(2)(a) and(b) Children Act.
2. (i)Please provide details of policies and procedures concerning
children making complaints including standard documentation that i
given to children. (ii)Please describe if and how these are made
available to children detained at the police station who are not
accommodated as required by section 21 Children Act? For example,
are such complaint procedures made available at the police station
or by the YOT at court; to the child or to the child’s legal
representative?

3. And 4. Deleted..

1. Please describe your arrangements in terms of service delivery
method and provider type; availability; person specification
criteria; status in terms of whether a volunteer, sessional worker
or local authority full time employee; arrangements for supervision
and management.
2. (i)How many appropriate adults do you or your service provider
have available within your local authority area?
(ii)Over the last three month period what percentage have attended
the police station on : Less than five occasions; 5 – 10 occasions;
more than 10 occasions? Important cos in too many areas it’s the
same 2 or 3 people. Slough came in with two doing 80% of interviews
yesterday.
3. If you or your service provider have a job that fulfils the role
of an appropriate adult coordinator please provide the job
description and person specification and details of how, when and
where the post was last advertised. I know the answer to this so
don’t bother.
4. (i)Please provide specific details of the training that was
delivered to your last cohort of appropriate adults who were
recruited together with a summary of ongoing training.
(ii) Who delivered this?
(iii) How an in what way was the Children’s Services training
department/officer engaged in this? Not applicable I suspect….after
all its learn online in your own time with TASS which is why you
have to be able to read and write.
(iv) Is the program validated or accredited in any way and, if so,
with whom? No longer applicable. If it is only TASS I know the
answer cos it has recently been downgraded.

The question is asking for a specific curriculum or training
program. This will provide an important element of the follow-up
study which will also consider relevant custody officer training
and that for accredited police station representatives with
relevant agencies in the process of providing detailed information.
Important cos everybody is so secretive. Birmingham do NAAN
standards of 20 hours in one day! Damned if I can get hold of
custody officer training either which perhaps explains why it
wasn’t referenced in Who’s looking out…?

5. Please provide details of written material provided to or
available to appropriate adults. This may include legislation
including secondary legislation, text books such as a primer on
criminal law etc. Quite important. I guess but need to substantiate
that all AAs get is a copy of the Code.
6. If not included in the above, what training do your appropriate
adults receive concerning the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and
thresholds for action most recently referred to in Working Together
2013? Should be simple: some or none. I suspect the latter.

Statutory national standards and Youth Justice Board Guidance.
1. (i)Over the last three months how many requests have been
received by the local authority under section 38(6) PACE and
section 21(2)(b) Children Act 1989? Please break down these
requests between secure accommodation and non-secure accommodation.
(ii) How many such children have been accommodated by the local
authority and how many have been left in police cells?
(iii) In relation to those transferred to local authority
accommodation how many have failed to appear in court or committed
offences before doing so?
(iv) In how many of these cases did the local authority provide the
appropriate adult through: the YOT or an externally provided
service? There will be some cases where neither of these apply.
(v) Distinguishing between those left in police cells and those
moved to local authority accommodation (it may be that there is no
distinction if all were dealt with in one way or another) what were
the remand outcomes at court on first appearance?
(vi) On how many occasions has a member of the YOT (as opposed to a
volunteer or contracted out person) attended the police station in
relation to the above cases and advocated for bail or made
arrangements for a child detained under section 38(6) PACE to be
transferred to local authority accommodation a required by law?
(vii) How does your YOT apply in practice the Youth Justice Board
guidance pasted below?

This is essential. The YJB Guidance ….either it is in your
procedures or it is not.

(viii) Has the issue of children detained in police cells under
section 38 been drawn to the attention of your Local Safeguarding
Children Board and to what effect? Please provide minutes or links
that relate to this.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Charles Bell

Imran Choudhury, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Mr Bell

 

I was sorry to hear of your concerns.

 

I have passed your complaint to Joytun Akther, Complaints and Information
Officer asking that a full investigation takes place on my behalf under
Stage 3 of the Council’s Complaints Procedure.

 

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

 

Sent on behalf of

 

David Galpin

For Assistant Chief Executive (Legal Services)

 

Regards

                            

Imran Choudhury

Complaints and Information Officer

Town Hall

Mulberry Place

5 Clove Crescent

London E14 2BG

 

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Please find attached a copy of the Stage 3 response and supporting
documents.

 

 

If you are not satisfied with the Council’s response to your complaint you
have a right of appeal to the independent Information Commissioner at:

 

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Dear Charles

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000: FOI 10939 Provision of appropriate adults

 

Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the available information is
provided below.

 

 

1.    Policy documents

Youth Justice Board Guidance envisages local protocols between

Youth Offending Teams and local police.

 

a.    Do you currently have a protocol concerning:

(i) the provision of appropriate adults (ii)post-charge bail support
and(iii) the transfer to LA accommodation of children refused bail and
detained after charge (section 38 PACE, sections 21

b.    and section 17 Children Act)? If so, I would be very

·         service agreement,

·         policy or practice guidance concerning the delivery of these

·         specific services for

·         children in conflict with the law noting that such arrangements

·         would usually cover the LA and the police, and, possibly

·         voluntary/private sector organisations delivering services on

Behalf of the LA.

c.    Please include and highlight any amendments, variations, new
documents that address:

·         17 year olds and

·         arrangements for the provision of appropriate adults for
children who are cautioned or charged after initially being granted bail.

 

Please find attached the new Policy/protocol document for the ‘Appropriate
Adult’. The protocol covers all questions raised including the provision
for 17 year olds.

 

There have been occasions over the years when the Police have sought a
PACE bed for a young person, however, we have not been able to provide
this via our Placements Team. These requests are infrequent and have not
previously been recorded.

 

With regard to the question about post charge bail support; this is not a
provision that is considered by the Police and as such we have not had to
offer this provision at the Police Station.

 

2.    Service arrangements: Is your appropriate adult service provided by
the voluntary sector; the youth offending service exclusively; the youth
offending service in conjunction with the out-of-hours service; the
private sector; some other arrangement (please describe)? Who provides
your service if it has been contracted out?

 

The youth offending service in conjunction with the out-of-hours service;
YOT provides trained volunteers Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, handing over
to the Emergency Duty Team to deal with out of office requests.

 

3.    Qualifications and profile

How many appropriate adults deliver services in your local authority area?

 

10

 

What proportion have:

              i.        formal qualifications in social work;

 

0%

 

            ii.        other accepted professional criminal justice
qualifications for YOT purposes;

 

20%

 

           iii.        non-criminal justice qualifications suitable for
YOT purposes;

 

10%

 

           iv.        other Degree;

 

30%

 

            v.        GCSE only, without qualifications?

 

40%

 

4.    What proportion of these appropriate adults:

 

i.              Have served as police officers (including special forces
such as the Military police)

 

0%

 

ii.            Have worked previously in the legal profession (barrister,
solicitor, accredited police station representative but not other
para-legals

 

10%

 

iii.           Have worked or currently work in a professional capacity as
a social worker, teacher, nurse, psychologist.

 

0%

 

iv.           Were recruited with no qualifications higher the GCSE?

 

30%

 

5.    What proportion broken down by gender are:

 

aged no older than 25 20%

 
25 – 40 50%

 
40 – 55 30%

 
over 55 0%

 

 

6.    What proportion of your appropriate adults have:

 

    As their mother tongue (first language spoken at home)?

English 50%

 
Indian languages 0%

 
Pakistani/Bangladeshi languages 20%

 
Arabic or its dialects 0%

 
other African languages 20%

 
Polish 0%

 
other European languages 10%

 

 

7.    On how many occasions during the last 12 month period for which
information is available was the first language of the child not English
and different to that of the appropriate adult?

 

This information is not held by the Council

 

8.    On how many occasions in such circumstances was a professional
interpreter (as envisaged in the National Agreement on Arrangements for
the use of Interpreters, Translators and Language Service Professionals in
Investigations and Proceedings within the Criminal Justice System )
present? (this question is asked because of the fact that in a number of
areas English is the minority first language of some local authorities and
may become so nationally by 2050).

 

<5%

 

9.    On how many occasions in such circumstances was some other person
present to translate between parties to a PACE interview?

 

This information is not held by the Council

 

10. On how many occasions was the first language of the appropriate adult
different to that of the detained child?

 

This information is not held by the Council

 

11. Cost

 

Where interpreters are used the hourly rate is approximately £40 per hour.

 

12. What is the average hourly cost of appropriate adult provision during
i. the daytime and ii. out-of-hours? What was or do you estimate to have
been the total cost of the service over the 12 month period for which
figures have been provided?

 

Service is provided free via volunteers. Expenses such as travel,
refreshments and sustenance can be claimed by the volunteer. Approximate
figure for 12-month cost of service including training etc. = <£2000 per
annum.

 

13. Recruitment:

Please give details of recruitment strategy and outcomes over the last 12
months such as advertisements in national or local publications; websites;
word of mouth; numbers recruited through job centre advertisements etc.

Please provide the number of applicants and the numbers appointed (after
training if completion is a condition of appointment).

 

Word of mouth via existing YOT volunteers, attendance at university pro
bono open days, university volunteer websites, community centre
newsletters, local volunteer centre opportunities board, in-house town
hall recruitment stall.

 

·         If recruiting to positions including sessionally paid positions
(regardless of contractual status) were persons paid for the number of
hours when they undertook training?

The Working Time Regulations 1998 section 42 (non-employed trainees)
state:

 

Volunteer scheme so no payment other than expenses i.e. travel,
refreshments.

 

·         Where payments were made in accordance with the Regulations what
was the total cost over the last 12 month period?

 

Not applicable.

 

·         If your service is undertaken by a voluntary or private
organisation is the local authority satisfied that the provider is
complying with the Regulations?

 

Not applicable, as in-house volunteer led service.

 

·         How many hours training do your appropriate adults receive?
Please include hours for 'shadowing.'

 

Volunteers receive a total of 38 hours training, broken down into the
following: 21 hours of youth justice board foundation training, 14 hours
of role specific AA training including comprehensive overview of PACE and
3 hours of shadowing which includes a tour of the Police Station.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Samir Kamil

ESCW Information Governance Team

T: 0207 364 2159

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Education, Social Care and Wellbeing Directorate

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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Dear Samir Kamil,

Please thank the provider for the response. What stands out when compared to other LAs is an attempt to reflect the ethnicity of the Borough unlike the private sector which is essentially WASP.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Bell

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