Police find no evidence of physical and sexual abuse at Kids Company

The Metropolitan Police opened an investigation last July, based on information received from a journalist

The Met: no evidence found
The Met: no evidence found

The Metropolitan Police’s investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse linked to the defunct charity Kids Company has found no evidence of any wrongdoing.

In a statement released today, police said they launched an investigation into a south London-based children’s charity in July after receiving information from a journalist.

The disclosure of the investigation was followed swiftly by an announcement from the charity that it was to close, with the loss of 580 jobs. At the time, Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and chief executive of the charity, said a philanthropist had withdrawn a £3m donation after hearing of the allegations.

Police said today that detectives from the Serious Complex Case Team of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command had identified 32 pieces of information or intelligence relating to a period between 2008 and 2015.

The statement said the reports related to children and staff based at the charity, but the majority were "third-party reports which were vague in detail".

It said the police carried out "detailed and extensive" inquiries to establish whether there was any truth in the allegations and spoke to a number of people connected with the charity.

Nobody was arrested or interviewed under caution in connection with the investigation, police said.

The statement said that included in the allegations was an incident that had previously been investigated by police that resulted in a male adult service user receiving a three-month suspended sentence for assaulting a member of the charity’s staff.

"Aside from this case, to date the Met has identified no evidence of criminality within the 32 reports which would reach the threshold to justify a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service," the statement said. "Nor have we identified any failings by the charity in respect of it carrying out its duty to safeguard children or vulnerable adults."

The statement said police were not investigating allegations of fraud against the charity.

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