Offences against Children

Home Office written question – answered on 7th August 2018.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to refer to the Independent Office for Police Conduct for investigation officers in Greater Manchester Police, Thames Valley Police, West Mercia Police, and Northumbria Police for any failure in their statutory duty to protect children from so-called “grooming gangs”.

Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set up a national independent inquiry into whether police forces across the country failed to fulfil their statutory duty to protect children from so-called “grooming gangs” during the period 1995 to 2015.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

In March 2015 the Home Office established the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to consider the extent to which institutions – including the police – have failed in their duty to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. The Inquiry has announced an investigation examining institutional responses to the sexual exploitation of children by organised networks.

This Government attaches the highest priority to tackling child sexual exploitation. We have declared it a national threat and this categorisation remains in force to empower police forces to apply their best skills and expertise to tackle the problem.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct operates independently of Government and the Home Secretary does not have the power to refer matters to it for investigation.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No2 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.