Freedom of information request response - 05678

FOI request

FOI ID number
Children in Police Custody

Could you please provide us with the following information:

  1. what accommodation is available, for fulfilling its obligations under section 21(2)(b) of the Children Act 1989 (“s 38 beds”), how much of this accommodation is secure and non-secure;
  2. the number of times in the year to 01 October 2018 you have been contacted and asked to receive, and provide accommodation (secure and non-secure) for, children under section 38(6) PACE 1984;
  3. the number of times in the in the year to 01 October you have provided such accommodation (secure and non-secure) following a police request under s38(6) PACE 1984; and
  4. whether you currently have a policy for fulfilling the statutory obligations under section 21(2)(b) Children Act 1989 and, if so, what that policy is.  If a policy document exists we would be grateful if you could please provide us with a copy, as well as a copy of all previous policy.


To clarify, I am looking for information that for example, in the Local Authority:

  1. There are currently six s 38 beds, of which one is in secure accommodation;
  2. There have been 300 requests to receive and provide accommodation for children in the year to 01 October 2018. 250 of these have been for non-secure accommodation and the rest for secure accommodation;
  3. In the year to 01 October 2018, the authority has been able to comply with 200 of the non-secure accommodation requests and 25 of the secure requests;
  4. A policy on this issue exists, and a copy is provided;

Our response


Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which has been logged with the reference number FOI 05678.

Please note that as a district council we do not have responsibility for children’s services.

See Freedom of Information at Cumbria County Council to redirect your query using their website.

Response date
19 October 2018