'Totally unacceptable’: Children with Down's syndrome and autism left in court cells for hours
'Totally unacceptable’: Children with Down's syndrome and autism left in court cells for hours, report finds – Independent
Children with Down's syndrome and autism were among those left for hours in court cells while they awaited legal representation or transport, according to a report.
The treatment of some young people including those with disabilities was branded “totally unacceptable” and a “matter of embarrassment” for the criminal justice system by custody watchdog the Lay Observers (LO).
An annual report from the body of volunteers tasked by ministers to inspect court custody conditions and transport arrangements for detainees in England and Wales warned youngsters and those with health problems were “falling through the gaps”.
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