Child Abuse Referrals
DCI Sue Holder provided a Child Abuse Update. In April 2013 the team of child abuse investigators that were located at Chelmsley Wood Police Station moved to Coventry Central Police Station. There were concerns about a number of areas – in particular attendance at Child Protection Conferences. There is a root and branch review of the service taking place. There was an initial scoping phase, followed by the opportunity phase. The business case phase will begin shortly and will be followed by a solution phase. The Go Live Phase will start 18 Nov ember 2013. A central referral unit has been set up by the Force and this is based in Sandwell. Coventry and Solihull will go live with the CRU in September 2013.
The Voluntary Sector is reminded that safeguarding training is currently free to them. The recently organised “Managing Allegations against Staff” training which had been organised especially for the VCS was cancelled due to lack of interest. Training opportunities can be found at http://www.solihull.gov.uk/staysafe/20461.htm