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  • Ian Critchley QPM

    22nd Feb 2024

    NPCC lead appears at Education Select Committee: Online harms affecting children.

    As the scale of online harms affecting children in the UK continues to rise, Ian Critchley QPM the NPCC Lead for Child Abuse and Investigation, has joined professionals to further inform Government Ministers of the stark realities facing children and young people in the online realm.

  • Ian Belief socials graphic

    8th Feb 2024

    Why belief matters

    National Police Chief's Lead for Child Protection and Abuse, Ian Critchley QPM on the progress policing has made in child sexual abuse and exploitation investigation, and why belief is at the heart of this. 

  • Child Sexual Exploitation Taskforce logo

    16th Jan 2024

    Taskforce Collaboration with YourPolice.UK & Instagram

    A series of Instagram posts have been created to engage with children and young people in relation to child sexual exploitation (CSE).

  • Front cover of 2022 Report

    10th Jan 2024

    National Analysis of Police-Recorded Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) Crimes Report 2022 launched by VKPP

    For the first time, a new report from the Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) sets out publicly a clear, detailed picture of reported Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) crimes across England and Wales.

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    8th Dec 2023

    NPCC Response to HMICFRS Report

    His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has released the findings of its inspection into the effectiveness of the police and law enforcement bodies’ response to group-based child sexual exploitation today (8 December).

  • Man in handcuffs

    25th Oct 2023

    Hydrant peer support enhances South Wales Police investigation

    The Hydrant Programme provided peer support to South Wales Police as they investigated one of their own officers. Today he has been sentenced to life for blackmailing underage girls to send explicit photos 

  • The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Logo

    20th Oct 2023

    A year since the final IICSA report

    Ian Critchley, QPM has spoken of progress made in policing in the 12 months since the final report was published.

  • CSARP Social 1

    18th Sep 2023

    Support for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse

    “I contacted the panel and got a response really quickly. It was such a relief to feel that someone was listening and taking my enquiry seriously.”


  • Hydrant Programme logo

    29th Jun 2023

    Hydrant Programme Annual Report 2022

    We're pleased to share with you the Hydrant Programme's Annual Report for 2022. 

    In the report you'll find an update on how Hydrant's work has changed since restructuring at the end of July 2022 and the exciting plans ahead in 2023. 

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    16th Jun 2023

    Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse: have your say

    The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Child Protection and Abuse Investigation (CPAI) Lead is encouraging all to add their voice to the government’s consultation on Mandatory Reporting following a recommendation made by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

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    23rd May 2023

    DCC Maggie Blyth - government response to IICSA report recommendations - 23 May2023

    National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Public Protection, DCC Maggie Blyth's statement following the Government’s latest response to the landmark IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) report.

  • Door with Hearing Room on the sign

    17th Feb 2023

    Stakeholder update Feb 2023

    As we say goodbye to the first month of the year and welcome the lighter nights and hints of spring all around us, there are signs of growth for the Hydrant Programme too!