In 2020, Child Q, a Black female child of secondary school age, was strip searched by female police officers from the Metropolitan Police Service.
The search, which involved the exposure
of Child Q’s intimate body parts, took place on school premises, without an Appropriate Adult present and with the knowledge that Child Q was menstruating.
Teachers told the review that on the day of the search they believed Child Q was smelling strongly of cannabis and suspected that she might be carrying drugs. On questioning Child Q,
she denied using or having any drugs in her possession. A search of her bag, blazer, scarf, and shoes revealed nothing of significance.
The subsequent safeguarding report found the search on the 15-year-old girl, known as Child Q, was unjustified and racism was "likely" to have been a factor.
This fringe will take an intersectional look at the steps members can take to protect their students and themselves in a discussion set around the experiences of Child Q. It will
specifically look at this topic in relation to race, gender, migrant status, LGBT+ identity and disability.
Chair: Victoria Showunmi, Equality Committee and NEC Panellists:
Black Members Standing Committee Chair and Women Members Standing Committee Vice Chair: Juliana Ojinnaka
Disabled Members Standing Committee Chair: Marian Mayer
LGBT+ Members Standing Committee Chair: Bee Hughes
Migrant Members Standing Committee Chair: Robyn Orfitelli