Some police forces failing on child protection, warns Ofsted chief

The Guardian is reporting that some police forces in the country are failing their responsibilities at safeguarding children.

The chief inspector of schools has warned that some police forces are failing to “take their child protection responsibilities seriously”.

In a letter to the chief inspector of police on Tuesday, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the outgoing head of the schools inspectorate, said more than half of Ofsted’s 42 inspections of local authority children’s services in the past year had identified serious weaknesses in the police’s contribution to safeguarding children.

nspectors found that police forces were failing to share information about domestic abuse cases in a timely way and were not notifying social workers quickly enough when children went missing. They also found there were delays by the police in vetting people to work with children.

“I would like to be reassured that every chief constable recognises the vital role that the police have to play in protecting our most vulnerable children from harm,” wrote Wilshaw in a letter to Sir Tom Winsor.

A review by the National Crime Agency in April found that a catalogue of police failings left criminals free to sexually abuse more than 1,400 children in Rotherham over a 16-year period. 

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