This must be monitored closely.

This Writer’s first reaction was to conclude that May doesn’t want children with mental health problems in “places of safety” because then they won’t be starving to death on the streets.

May will tell the Police Federation conference on Wednesday that a new policing and sentencing bill, to be included in next week’s Queen’s speech, will include legislation to ban the use of police cells to detain any children with mental health problems.

It is thought that the ban on detaining those under 18 in police cells as “places of safety” is likely to affect at least 150 children each year because of the lack of alternative NHS health facilities.

Source: Theresa May pledges £15m to keep mentally ill people out of police cells | UK news | The Guardian