New police rules for female detainees on periods

BBC reports

New guidelines for how police treat female detainees with their periods have been proposed by the Home Office.

The review comes after a watchdog suggested earlier this year that police were “routinely ignoring” the needs of women on their periods.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) – which monitors the treatment of detainees – had warned that women were often held in police cells without access to hygienic sanitary protection or facilities for washing and changing.

It said the treatment by police could be in breach of human rights and equality laws.

Evidence gathered by the IVCA suggested the problem of sanitary provision was widespread across forces in England and Wales.


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