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Crimes Against Children in Care

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Can you confirm whether the Met, as a matter of routine, gives a child in care or their social worker, any form of letter to tell them the status of an investigation, whether they are investigating, or are no longer investigating a crime reported by a child in care?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

There is no specific arrangement for children in care as contrasted with other children.

The requirement for the Victims’ Code of Practice (VCOP) is that victims are regularly updated with the status of the investigation. This is by the preferred contact method for the victim. It can be sent as letter, email or telephone call.

Any victim and their parent/guardian or carer should be told by investigators in writing at the conclusion of the investigation.