Care homes accused of being too quick to call police on children

Helen Pidd and Maya Wolfe-Robinson - The Guardian

"[UK] Government guidelines say police should not be used for low-level behaviour management or matters a 'reasonable parent' would not call the police about," says this article from the Guardian. Furthermore, "prosecutors are not supposed to allow a case to progress unless they have consulted a 10-point checklist, which asks whether the child has apologised and requires the home to explain why it called police." Despite these guidelines, children's care homes in the UK regularly use the police as a “respite service" and children in residential care homes are 10 times more likely to be criminalised than other children.