Howard League for Penal Reform statistics: Ethnicity Analysis of Child Arrests

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children accounted for 60% of all child arrests by the Metropolitan Police in 2016.

This is according to figures from the Howard League for Penal Reform, compiled in November 2017 from FOI requests.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:

‘The disproportionate number of BAME children being brought into the system is of great concern. It raises serious questions about decision-making throughout the criminal justice journey – from the police’s decision to arrest, to the remand and sentencing decisions of the youth courts.

The Lammy Review has called on police forces and other criminal justice agencies to either explain disparities or reform. Our analysis of child arrests data is intended to assist this discussion.’

Read the Howard League briefing.