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Sanitary protection in custody for women and girls is assured

  • Published: 09-01-2018 at 14:01

Women and girls in custody have been assured they will receive proper sanitary protection when in Lincolnshire Police cells.

PCC Marc Jones investigated the quality of provision some weeks ago and received reassurances from the force.

The issue emerged again this week when The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) claimed failures by some forces to provide adequate sanitary protection breached human rights.

The ICVA has written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justine Greening, the women and equalities minister, calling on them to improve conditions for female suspects held in police cells.

According to the watchdog successive inspections of police stations by visitors have found that the needs of menstruating women in police detention are routinely ignored.

Mr Jones, who is a board member of the ICVA, said he was confident the force had a positive approach to the issue.

In Lincolnshire all females under the age of 18 are placed in the care of a woman carer and all other female detainees have access to female staff.

The four custody suites in the county all have a supply of Feminine Hygiene kits that contain a tampon, sanitary towel and a disposal bag. There are also paper and material underwear for female detainees to change into if required.

β€œI raised the issue with the force some weeks ago and am pleased that in this county we have a sympathetic and positive approach to the issue,” said Mr Jones.

β€œIt is absolutely vital that we treat everyone in custody with respect and dignity and the measures we take to ensure women and girls are properly cared for is a vital part of that ethos.”