Following the publication of the report by HM Inspectorate of Constabularies about National Child Protection Inspections, she asked for a statement.
Responses are provided by the Minister for Policing, Brendan Lewis MP commenting on the findings:
- the Met has been failing in its duty to protect children from harm;
- nearly 75% of all cases either needed improvement or were inadequate;
- it is the most damning of all reports HMIC have ever written.
Diane Abbott MP (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) Lab:
The Home Office said in its “Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16”: “We have already recognised CSA as a national threat in the Strategic Policing Requirement, obliging forces to maximise specialist skills and expertise to prevent offending and resolve cases.”
Other MPs contributing to the debate:
- Simon Hoare (North Dorset) Con
- No police force anywhere in the land should be bad – especially not in London!
- Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) Lab
- Are there similar failings in other forces?
- Seema Kennedy (South Ribble) Con
- Does the College for Policing do the right thing to professionalise training in child sexual exploitation?
- Sheryll Murray (South Wast Cornwall) Con
- Which steps has the Government taken to protect vulnerable children across the country?
- Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) Con
- Doesn’t this report show that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse [IICSA] must continue?
- Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley) Con
- the ethos has to change – not only in the Met
- Philip Davies (Shipley) Con
- What should Government and Parliament do as a result of this report?
- the Mayor of London for the Metropolitan Police
- the Mayor’s Office for Policing [MOPAC]
- the Home Secretary nationwide
- the New Commissioner to be appointed to oversee all London Forces.
Solutions are to be provided by the
- College of Policing
- National Police Chiefs’ Council
- National Chief Constables’ Council
Here’s a Parliamentary page covering Sexual Offences.
Here is Mainstream Media coverage of the Report:
- Met police heavily criticised over child protection failings – Emergency measures for force after watchdog says 75% of sampled child risk cases reveal serious police errors – The Guardian11.16
- Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said: “It is deeply worrying that the Met has not yet got to grips with the way it tackles child abuse and sexual exploitation. Its delay in doing so will have blighted the lives of many thousands of London’s children whose abuse has gone undetected by the authorities tasked with protecting them.”
- ‘Serious errors’ by Met Police put children at risk – damning report – No chief officer was responsible for child protection across London – The Telegraph11.16
- “Victims weren’t protected, evidence was lost and offenders continued to pose a risk to children.”
- “…inexcusably poor practice at every stage of a child’s interaction with the police.”
- Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who will now coordinate child-protection efforts, said: “We have re-thought how we go about our work to protect London’s most vulnerable.
- Met Police making ‘serious errors’ in child abuse cases, inspectors warn – Three quarters of cases found to have been handled inadequately or requiring improvement – The Independent11.16
- “The Met is a large and complex force but, nevertheless, the importance of the police getting this right and protecting children cannot be overstated.”
- Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she had requested public quarterly reports from HMIC on the Met’s progress.
- She said: “The findings of this report are profoundly concerning. They raise serious issues that must be urgently addressed.”
- Metropolitan Police sex abuse case ‘failings put children at risk’ – Inspectors found 277 of 384 child sexual abuse cases had been poorly handled by the force – BBC – 25.11.16
- Current London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This deeply troubling report has found that, too often, children in our city have been let down when they are most in need.
- “This is simply unacceptable and things must change.”
- He says he has set out a plan to improve the service, including “a new independent group of child protection experts”.
I wonder whether these MPs are aware of Child Snatching as policy? I’ll send them the Children in Care report that analyses governmental figures of 150 local authorities.