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West Midlands Police "welcome" the inspection by Ofsted

West Midlands Police have welcomed the inspection report by Ofsted into Birmingham City Council's child protection services.

"Like any organisation truly committed to protecting the next generation, we welcome this inspection and support the recommendations made by the independent watchdog - many of which, together with our partners, we are already in the process of implementing.

"An example of this is the creation of a new gateway team to ensure case conference notifications - of which there are approximately 250 per month in Birmingham alone - are received and suitably qualified officers tasked to attend where and when necessary."

– Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Hyde, head of the West Midlands Police's Public Protection Department

"While there is no statutory requirement to attend all case conferences, we recognise the benefits the experience and expertise our officers bring to such meetings in achieving better outcomes for those children at risk.

"Our commitment to early intervention is clearly demonstrated by the inspectors praise for the new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub in the south of the city where detectives work alongside social workers and others passionate about protecting the most vulnerable in the communities we serve."

– Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Hyde, head of the West Midlands Police's Public Protection Department

They say that like their partners, they are "extremely keen" to roll these centres out across the city.

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