National Child Protection Inspections: 2019 Thematic report
In early 2014, HMICFRS began a national programme of child protection inspections. They examined the effectiveness of the decisions made by the police at each stage of their interactions with or for children, from initial contact through to the investigations of offences against them. They also scrutinised the treatment of children in custody, and assessed how forces are structured, led and governed, in relation to their child protection services.
In 2015, HMICFRS published their first thematic report.
This report builds on the findings of the previous report by exploring the key themes identified by the evidence they gathered from all 64 inspections, and considers the ways in which the police service, its safeguarding partners and the government need to adapt and respond in order to meet the challenges they face.