Ofsted highlights police failings in child protection

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has warned that failings by police forces in England could lead to further cases of organised child abuse. In a letter to the chief inspector of constabulary, he said that police forces are not taking child protection matters seriously, are not sharing information quickly enough, and are not informing social workers quickly enough when children go missing. He said in the letter: “My worry is that if chief constables fail to give this issue sufficient priority, we may see a repeat of the sort of catastrophic failings we saw a few years ago in places like Rotherham, Oxford and elsewhere.”

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