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Children and young people

Since the Victoria Climbié Inquiry in 2001, governments have made keeping children and young people safe a priority. The public inquiry led by Lord Laming brought about major changes in child protection policies in England.

For more information, see the Children Act 2004.

The Commissioner is legally required to hold the Chief Constable to account for the exercise of duties in relation to the safeguarding of children and the promotion of child welfare.

Monitoring and overview arrangements

The Commissioner reviews how well the Force is doing in relation to safeguarding children and young people through a risk-based briefing system. This means that the Head of the Public Protection Unit in the Force submits a report to the Commissioner on a quarterly basis that that highlights the current issues and risks based on the latest evidence.