Who is Child Q? Schoolgirl who was strip-searched while on period

A BLACK schoolgirl has launched legal action against the Metropolitan Police and her school after she was strip-searched by officers while on her period.

The girl was wrongly suspected of smelling of cannabis.

Who is Child Q?

The black schoolgirl, now 15, is known only as Child Q.

The "traumatic" search by police took place at Child Q’s school without another adult present.

Officers were aware she was on her period, a safeguarding review found.

The review found during the search her body parts were exposed and she was made to take off her sanitary towel.

No drugs were found and she was then sent home by taxi.

Her family strongly believe the strip search was a racist incident.

According to the report, the impact on the school pupil was "profound" and the repercussions "obvious and ongoing".

Family members described her as changing from a "happy-go-lucky girl to a timid recluse who hardly speaks" and now needs therapy.

The report concluded the strip search should never have happened, was unjustified and racism "was likely to have been an influencing factor".

It said it is highly likely that "adultification bias" was a factor – this is when adults perceive black children as being older than they are because they see them as more "streetwise".

Her lawyers said in a statement Child Q "seeks to hold both institutions to account including through cast iron commitments to ensure this never happens again to any other child."

Scotland Yard has apologised and said the incident "should never have happened".

The Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review was conducted by City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP).

Read More

Man killed after driver mows him down before crashing into home on major road

Shocking moment Met officer headbutts bar manager after ‘breaking Covid rules’

The girl made a statement saying she wants everyone involved to "be held responsible."

She added: "I need to know that the people who have done this to me can't do it to anyone else ever again, in fact so no one else can do this to any other child in their care."

Most read in News


Moment Russia fire hypersonic missile ‘destroying Ukrainian weapons depot'


WFH is a national scandal and an affront to long-suffering taxpayers


Dramatic moment knife-wielding thug knocked down by police car as he lunges at cops


Shocking moment driver opens fire from behind wheel as BMW 4×4 tears down street

Detective Superintendent Dan Rutland of the Met's Central East Command issued an apology to the girl who now needs therapy.

He said: "We recognise that the findings of the safeguarding review reflect this incident should never have happened.

"It is truly regrettable and on behalf of the Met Police I would like to apologise to the child concerned, her family and the wider community."

    Source: Read Full Article

    Previous post Australia to send weapons, humanitarian aid and 70,000 tonnes of coal to Ukraine
    Next post Coventry crash: Two teenagers killed and two injured as car hits tree