Crimes Against Children in Care

MQT on 2020-02-24
Session date: 
February 24, 2020
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you confirm whether the Met, as a matter of routine, gives a child in care or their social worker, any form of letter to tell them the status of an investigation, whether they are investigating, or are no longer investigating a crime reported by a child in care?


Answer for Crimes Against Children in Care
Crimes Against Children in Care

Crimes Against Children in Care

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no specific arrangement for children in care as contrasted with other children. 

The requirement for the Victims’ Code of Practice (VCOP) is that victims are regularly updated with the status of the investigation. This is by the preferred contact method for the victim.  It can be sent as letter, email or telephone call.

Any victim and their parent/guardian or carer should be told by investigators in writing at the conclusion of the investigation.