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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has today echoed calls for improved collaboration between agencies protecting children from harm.

A report has been published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue into the work around child protection. It has highlighted the progress made by police forces, as well as the dedication of professional services, in effectively recognising signs of vulnerability, with more still to be done.

The recommendations around collaborative working with partner agencies, which have been made to all police forces, reflect what is already being implemented in West Mercia by the Commissioner in partnership with other support services.

He said: “Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society and they deserve to be safe. The responsibility of protecting them is a partnership approach, with us all having our part to play.

“Preventative work is key to ensuring that children and young people aren’t exposed to abuse or adverse childhood experiences. Across West Mercia I support a number of projects that are aimed at diverting vulnerable children from crime as well as protecting them from being exploited. I will continue to work with the force and other agencies to ensure they are protected.”

A full copy of the report can be found here:

Issued on: 27nd February 2020