Visit our new website
Our new website is coming soon - you can view some of the new features by clicking the link. Check back for updates on careers, firearms and explosives licensing, crime prevention advice and more.
Visit our new website
Search Site

Leave page quickly

Protecting children

West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police in line with protecting people from harm are committed to safeguarding children under 18 in a multi agency setting.

Little Girl on bench
  • We aim when policing child abuse to ensure that the welfare of children is paramount.
  • We investigate all reports of child abuse and neglect and protect the rights of child victims of crime.
  • We seek to take effective action against offenders so that they can be held accountable, through the criminal justice system, while safeguarding the welfare of the child.
  • We adopt a proactive multi-agency approach to preventing and reducing child abuse and neglect and safeguarding children.

For the purposes of investigating Child Abuse a child is defined as being under 18 years of age, although a young person can consent to many activities in law, when they reach the age of 16. Please see the links for additional guidance on the issue of consent for young people, and the risks of domestic violence within teenage relationships.

Child Protection and investigation of crimes against children is the responsibility of all officers and staff across the Alliance.

We have a number of  dedicated teams of officers and staff for investigating child sexual exploitation.

We also have dedicated teams of detectives working with children's social care to investigate crimes against children within the home.

Operation Safenet #OpSafenet Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

#OpSafenet is a policing operation involving four police forces in the West Midlands targeting suspected paedophiles operating online.

It has been launched by police with the aim of safeguarding children by detecting abuse and prosecuting offenders for the possession and distribution of indecent images of children. Click here for more information.

If you have concerns about a child
If you think that a child is in immediate danger please dial 999, or you can call Warwickshire Police or West Mercia Police on the non-emergency police number, 101, about a child you believe to be at risk.

More information about specific criminality against children can be found through the links below.

For additional advice and guidance please use the links provided for partner agencies nationally and in your area.



  • CSE

    Sexual exploitation is a hugely distressing form of abuse of children and young people. It is not confined to sexual abuse, but also includes physical and emotional abuse.