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Concerns raised about the contribution of police to safeguarding children
Date:19 OCT 2016
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Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw has written to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary raising concerns about the contribution of police to safeguarding children.

In his letter, Sir Michael Wilshaw highlights evidence where police forces are not sharing information about domestic abuse cases in a timely way, are not attending important child protection conferences and instances when the police did not respond quickly enough to the issue of children going missing from care. He also draws attention to police forces not carrying out joint child protection visits with social workers as well as failing to tackle DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) backlogs.

According to the letter, in the past year more than half of Ofsted’s 42 inspections of local authority children’s services identified serious weaknesses in the contribution made by the police to safeguarding children.

The letter is available to download here.
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