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Keeping London’s children safe

The Met’s role in safeguarding children

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Vulnerable children are best protected when professionals clearly understand their individual responsibilities and collaborate effectively.  The police play a crucial role in safeguarding children. Every police force is required to have the right arrangements and level of resource to protect children and young people from abuse. Officers working in child protection must have specialist training to support them in their work. The Police and Crime Commissioner in each region must hold the Chief Constable to account for the exercise of the latter’s duties in relation to safeguarding under sections 10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004. This Act requires each police authority (now, in London, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)) and chief police officer of each police force to make sure they protect and promote the welfare of children.