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Protocol for sharing information about vulnerable children published

CPS, family courts, social services and schools will cooperate in new initiative

The Crown Prosecution Service has published a joint protocol for information sharing in child sexual abuse cases.  Police and prosecutors are now expected to share and seek appropriate information about vulnerable youngsters with and from social services, schools and family courts in accordance with the protocol and a good practice model. This is supported by senior judges in the criminal and family courts, the Local Government Association, the Department for Education, the Association of Directors of Children Services, the Association of Chief Police Officers, and the Association of Independent Local Safeguarding Children's Board among others.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, said:

"The joint information sharing protocol is a real breakthrough. Sharing information, such as school files which may help police and prosecutors piece together compelling evidence of abuse, will now be done. All those who have supported this information sharing protocol share a mutual aim of protecting children, and I am confident that this protocol will help us all to do that."

The protocol can be read here.

This initiative was launched alongside the announcement by the DPP of a new approach which prosecutors will take to tackle cases of child sexual abuse after a public consultation showed widespread support for the CPS interim guidelines.

The new guidelines can be read here.