Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation

Home Office written question – answered on 26th November 2018.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that all police forces have sufficient specialist child sexual exploitation investigators.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

We have prioritised child sexual abuse as a national threat in the Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR), one of six such threats that require prioritisation by police forces. This will empower police forces to maximise their specialist skills and expertise and facilitate prioritisation and planning of capabilities to tackle this terrible crime.

We are also strengthening law enforcement capacity and capability and have provided significant extra investment through the Police Transformation Fund (PTF) to transform policing to respond to changing crimes and threats, including crimes against vulnerable individuals such as child sexual abuse. This includes a comprehensive package of learning developed by the College of Policing which is focussed on understanding and identifying different areas of vulnerability, including child sexual exploitation.

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