Does higher spending on the police make children safer? How has austerity measures introduced since 2009/10 affected policing and its ability protect the human rights of vulnerable children?

Research Institution / Organisation

University College London

Principal Researcher

Zak Khan

Level of Research


Project Start Date

September 2017

Research Context

​Combining observations from different levels of police funding throughout the UK’s 43 forces and their independent culture, this dissertation examines the question of whether and how spending levels have an impact on the ability of the police to protect vulnerable children from harm. I will provide a literature review of available knowledge on vulnerability of children, the police services role in protecting vulnerable children, the impact of austerity measures and the culture of the police.

Research Methodology

​The research methodology includes identifying four case studies, comprising four selected police forces that have experienced funding differences and developed their own way of responding.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

September 2019
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