DCC Maggie Blyth, National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Public Protection, said:
“The recommendations made in the final report published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse required careful consideration. We welcome the Government’s latest response to this landmark report and remain committed to ensuring the policing response to talking child sexual abuse and exploitation continues to move forward with victims at the centre of all we do.
“Policing has developed a far deeper and more meaningful understanding of child sexual exploitation and abuse in recent years. We acknowledge the invaluable work of the Inquiry which has made a significant number of recommendations on how vulnerable children can be better safeguarded. Policing , coordinated by the Home Office commissioned Hydrant Programme, will now continue to work with government and our partners, especially survivor groups, to respond and make the necessary progress.
“We are not complacent and recognise there is more to be done. Our focus is to prevent, tackle and respond to all forms of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Our police action needs to be supported by individuals acting on and reporting concerns and organisations treating their duties to protect children with the utmost seriousness.
“To victims of abuse, please speak out. Whether you speak to our dedicated and trained police specialists or brilliant support services, you will be listened to, taken seriously, and supported.”