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Police training on children's issues undermined by 'lack of capacity'

There has been no increase over the past year in the amount of training police personnel receive on working with under-18s. Deputy chief constable for Sussex Police Olivia Pinkney who is the children and young people’s lead for the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), agreed that there had been little progress in discussions with the College of Policing over providing more initial training on children's issues for police officers, special constables, police community support officers (PCSOs) and call handlers. 

He highlighted last year the need to increase training to help improve the police service’s response to enquiries from the public about the behaviour of young people. 

Improving police officers’ knowledge of children and young people’s issues and their skills in engaging with them is key to delivering the aims of the NPCC’s first Children and Young People’s Policing Strategy, published in September.