The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) investigation report was published yesterday into Lorin’s call to the police on her concerns about Breck being groomed
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is to consider further call handling guidance after a case involving Surrey Police received criticism from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The IPCC investigation examined a call made by the mother of murdered teenager Breck Bednar, which stated she was concerned her son was being groomed online and concluded that Surrey Police must provide further training to call handlers in recognising and responding to reports of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
As a result of the investigation, IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor has written to NPCC lead on child protection Simon Bailey and national lead for children and young people Olivia Pinkney ask them to consider current national guidance and to alert forces across England and Wales to the IPCC's recommendations so forces can satisfy themselves they have the right training and procedures in place.
Two months later the 14-year-old was murdered by 19-year-old Lewis Daynes, who lured him to his flat before tying him up and then stabbing him in the throat.
The IPCC found that both Surrey Police call handler and their supervisor lacked knowledge of dealing with grooming concerns and that the boy’s mother –Lorin LaFave – had provided information which should have flagged the potential risk of him being groomed.
The investigation concluded that the call was closed by people who had received child protection training and therefore should have known further action was required.
A Police National Computer (PNC) check should have been completed and Mrs LaFave was not provided with information about specialist agencies such as the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), it added.
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