Five vulnerable Dungannon children sent to custody

Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre
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Some of Dungannon’s most vulnerable children have been detained by the police, despite a recommendation from the Department of Justice that this should “always be a last resort”.

Last year, a total of five children living in care were held by Dungannon police in a Juvenile Justice Centre (JJC) or detained in police custody.

Across Northern Ireland, the figure has almost doubled since 2011 causing concern in child care experts.

Read the full story in next week’s Tyrone Times.