These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGeorgia Wood: She remembers being taken into police custody in south Wales eight years ago by officers who suspected her mother of possessing drugs.
And they literally just said 'this is what's going to happen and we're going to do it'. South Wales Police said officers admitted they had mistakenly carried out a strip search without an appropriate adult present and two officers had received management action. Karen and Georgia, who live near Swansea, have since been awarded compensation for their ordeal.
Image caption Georgia, with her mother, Karen Archer According to figures released by 13 police forces in England and Wales, more than 5, children aged 17 were strip-searched between and More than 4, of those searches - which are normally used to detect drugs or concealed weapons - were carried out in London by the UK's largest force, the Metropolitan Police.
In total across suspects of all age groups, the same 13 forces carried out , searches in the last three years that involved the removal of more than a suspect's outer clothing - which is the precise definition of a strip-search. Police and strip searches Police carrying out strip searches must be the same sex as the detainee There must be at least two people present other than the detainee Reasonable efforts should be made to secure a detainee's co-operation and minimise embarrassment The search should not take place in an area where people, including anyone of the opposite sex, can watch Detainees should not normally have to remove all their clothes at the same time Source: Home Office code of practice "Marion" - not her real name - says she was handcuffed, pinned to the floor, and had all her clothes cut from her body by female officers at a London police station.
She says male officers stood at a nearby open door while she was naked on the floor, before she was later "paraded through the station" in just a paper suit. She was 24 when she had been taken into custody while trying to help a young man she saw being arrested. It felt like there were more than that because they were grabbing me from all sides. They were chatting together about what implements to use on me, like leg restraints, scissors, things like that".
The Metropolitan Police said two officers were dealt with under misconduct regulations for failure to maintain adequate records. This appeal is currently under consideration," it said. The Met added that 5.
Legal safeguards are applied to ensure the welfare needs of the detainee are considered and met. A spokesman said it was committed to giving the police the "necessary tools" to do their job. We are currently considering whether additional safeguards are required when police conduct searches requiring the removal of more than outer clothing.