Sadiq Khan puts child safety at heart of new policing plan

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Child safety: Sadiq Khan launches his Police and Crime Plan at Brixton's City Heights Academy in south London: PA

Protecting young Londoners was today put at the heart of a new four-year policing plan for London.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said keeping children safe was key to ensuring they were able to fulfil their potential and contribute to society.

He set out key measures on knife crime, child sexual exploitation and child protection on a visit to a south London secondary school.

Mr Khan said: “Children and young people face risks their parents never could have imagined when they were growing up.

“This plan puts forward measures to better protect and safeguard our children, tackle knife crime and gangs, and intervene to stop young people at risk of offending from being drawn into a life of crime.”

The plan includes more dedicated officers working with London schools and an overhaul of child protection.

It also promises a new strategy to prevent knife crime, including enforcing the law robustly against those who carry knives or sell them to children.

The Met will identify “youth crime hotspots”, and there will be a review of community provision of alternatives to custody.

The Mayor and NHS England will set up two “child houses” to provide investigative, medical and emotional support in one place to young victims of sexual violence.

New measures will tackle violence against women and girls.

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