08 Nov, 2018 09:27 News
Sussex Police welcome publication of a detailed report on child protection work in the force, released on Thursday 8 November, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
Assistant Chief Constable Nick May, Head of Local Policing said; "We have a key role in safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse.
"The force is a partner in an array of multi-agency mechanisms including Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCBs) and Safeguarding Adult Boards (SABs), Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and MARAC Plus and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH).
"Over the last ten years there has been a significant increase in reports of children needing protection and this Report is a valuable source of advice and direction to further improve our response and performance in this vital area of policing.
"As the Report recognises, we are clear in our commitment to protecting vulnerable children and have made it a priority.
"It also acknowledges that officers and staff who manage child abuse investigations are committed and dedicated, often working in difficult and demanding circumstances, and that our engagement with partners works effectively.
"The Report also acknowledges that plans by Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner have included extra investment in specialist functions relating to child protection and anticipate that this will help improvements.
"However, we accept the findings and recommendations and we have already been acting on them. "
For further information on work done by Sussex Police to protect children see the force website here.