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Home Office in the media

Home Office in the media: 20 April 2017

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Today's Home Office news relates to speculation over future pledges on migration, increased training of armed police officers to combat vehicle-related terror attacks and reports from the Child Commissioner about child sexual abuse.

Pledges on migration

There is widespread print coverage relating to potential future migration pledges ahead of the General Election, both in relation to the classification of students and the total number of migrants coming into the United Kingdom.

In terms of student migration, the government's position has not changed. The UN's classification of long-term migrants covers anyone in the country for 12 months or more.

Armed Police training

The Sun, Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Mail report on increased training of armed police officers following a briefing by the National Police Chief’s Council.

 The newspapers focus on comments made by Simon Chesterman, the NPCC’s firearms spokesman, that armed police have received new specialist training to shoot through the windows of moving vehicles to combat vehicle terrorist attacks.

 Mr Chesterman also said that there is a recruitment drive of armed officers, aimed at increasing the number of armed officers to 10,500 across the country.

Child Commissioner's sexual abuse reports

The Sun, Guardian and Times carry articles on reports released by the Child Commissioner regarding child sexual abuse, leading on the line that child victims abused by family members are let down by the system.

 The cross-government response to the reports can be found below.

A government spokesperson said:

We want every child to feel able to speak out if they are a victim of this crime and be confident they will be listened to and supported when they do.


We are improving the way the police, social services and other agencies work together to keep children safe, including from organised grooming and sexual exploitation – as well as giving £20 million to the National Crime Agency to target online child sexual exploitation.


We have also changed the law to make sure young people get taught about safe and healthy relationships at school, giving them the life skills they need to help them stay safe and face the challenges of growing up in today’s world.


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