Caroline Pidgeon has responded to the Metropolitan Police's draft action plan on Violence Against Women and Girls, arguing that it needs a stronger focus on ethnic minority women, children and online grooming.
"I welcome the recommendations made in the draft Violence Against Women and Girls Action Plan from the Metropolitan Police. I particularly am pleased that it recognises that cultural change is needed within the service to protect women and girls
"However, I strongly feel more recommendations are needed to reflect the work that needs to be done in re- building relationships with women and girls from our ethnic minority communities, particularly black women. I also feel some references need to be made to safeguarding children, particularly young girls, as this has been identified as a significant failure of the Met by HMICFRS. I also think the Met needs to reflect more on the work that needs to be done on protecting women and girls from online grooming."