Abuse investigation into Kids Company dropped by police

An investigation into alleged physical and sexual abuse linked to the failed Kids Company charity has been dropped due to lack of evidence.

Scotland Yard said specialist detectives on a sexual and child abuse team had looked at 32 pieces of information and evidence connected to the reports of abuse at the south London children's charity.

They found nothing strong enough to consider bringing charges and the force has now closed the inquiry.

Kids Company closed its door permanently last summer following questions about its finances and management.

A number of allegations - including claims of abuse - were made and linked to the charity.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said most of the information they saw was from third parties not directly connected to the allegations and were "vague in detail".

No one was arrested or interviewed under caution in connection with the investigation, which looked at information over a seven year period between 2008 and 2015.

The only strong evidence of criminality they uncovered related to an attack on a member of Kids Company staff that had already been dealt with by the courts.

Aside from this case, to date the Met has identified no evidence of criminality within the 32 reports which would reach the threshold to justify a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service. Nor have we identified any failings by the charity in respect of them carrying out their duty to safeguard children or vulnerable adults.

Scotland Yard

Police added that the investigation would be reopened if any further information came to light.

Kids Company's first priority was always the safety and protection of vulnerable children and young people. We are grateful to the police that they have undertaken a rigorous investigation of the facts and have found no evidence of any wrongdoing or sexual abuse at Kids Company.

Statement by former trustees of Kids Company