Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and campaigner for better child protection, commenting on the fourth report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on the record of child protection investigations undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service commented:
“It is disturbing that 15 months after the first highly critical report was published, shortcomings are still rife in child protection investigations undertaken by the Met.
“It is appalling that their latest review of child protection cases reveals that almost 90 cent of cases either required improvement or were inadequate.
“Just this week the Mayor has also admitted that he believes there is still a long way to go in turning around the Met’s record on this issue.
“The harsh reality is that vulnerable children are waiting far too long for the Met to improve its record on child protection. The Met and Mayor's office need to get a real grip on this serious issue. Children are in danger.”