Child Abuse Training (5002_14)

Request

I would like information about how much it’s costing to train every West Midlands Police Officer in child safety/abuse as recommended in the review into the death of Daniel Pelka?

Response

There has been one external course provided in relation to the new recommendations and this has cost the force £33,600.  In addition to this for this external course there were costs of the time of 2 WMP trainers for 20 days and guest speakers from within the force, these costs are met from existing force budgets.

There have been other internally run courses by the learning and development department, some of which have been trainer led and some national e-learning packages.  This is by trainers that are employed directly by the force and met by the existing training budgets.

Additionally, there would be a resource cost to the force of the time spent by the officers and staff undertaking the various courses, but this would not be an additional financial cost to the force.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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