Police Scotland announce new child protection unit

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Police Scotland this week launched a National Child Abuse Investigation Unit (NCAIU) , a specialist unit to support the investigation of complex child abuse and neglect across Scotland.

A spokesman said: “The NCAIU is a unit of specially-trained officers located across the country. They provide local policing teams for robust investigations into reports of complex child abuse and neglect, including child sexual exploitation and online child abuse.”

Launching the unit, Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, said: “The NCAIU is about providing specialist investigative support. However, part of our success in delivering child protection is local officers working with their partners in communities throughout Scotland.

“To be clear, the abuse and neglect of children is an issue for all of our communities. Children and young people should be allowed to live their lives without the fear of abuse or exploitation.”

The announcement follows a recent East Ren Council series of workshops and seminars on child sexual exploitation and the abuse of vulnerable adults, set up in response to parents worried about internet safety and protecting young people from grooming.

An ERC spokeswoman said: “East Ren Council is committed to working together with our partners and our community to protect children and young people and keep them safe. We welcome the news that Police Scotland has launched this unit.”