London Assembly hears about Met's child protection training

London Assembly hears about Met's child protection training

Half the Met Police's frontline training days this year have been to improve its child protection response, according to the senior officer leading on the issues.

Commander Richard Smith, who is now in charge of the area, told the London Assembly: "We have dedicated 50 per cent of our professional development days for our frontline training to child protection this year.

“Committee members may think – 'Only 50 per cent after such a damning report?' but when we look at the broad spread of delivery in the Met that is a huge proportion of what frontline training the Met has, and it won't stop."

He said there have been courses created, as well as an attempt to "shift the culture" through an internal comms campaign so that everyone thinks child protection is their responsibility.

But crucially, he added: "Where we haven't completed the shift that we really wanted - in the final outcomes for children.

"In London [it is] still showing substantial offences, and that's what our current focus will be on."

HMICFRS' latest follow-up inspection found high workloads were a big part of the problem for the force.

Detective Superintendent Stephen Chandler told the London Assembly that each dedicated sergeant is supervising six or seven detective constables with 10-14 ongoing complex cases in the area.

He said: "That's not an excuse, that's a reality on the frontline at the moment and it has been since [at least] 2014."

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