HMICFRS - National Child Protection Inspections 2019

In 2014, HMICFRS began a national programme of child protection inspections. The purpose of these inspections were to examine 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 investigation of offences against them. HMICFRS 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 which summarised the findings of the first eight of these inspections along with the findings of a further 13 inspections that were undertaken either alone or with other agencies, and which had a child protection theme. This report can be viewed here.

Since then, HMICFRS has:

  • undertaken a further 17 child protection inspections of individual forces;
  • completed 21 reviews of forces to assess their progress against the recommendations made during the initial child protection inspections;
  • along with Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation launched the joint targeted area inspections (JTAI) of child protection. These short, focused inspections consider the effectiveness of statutory partnership arrangements for the protection of children. Since 2016, HMICFRS has published 26 reports about our findings from these inspections.

Together, these reports provide a powerful analysis of how well police forces serve the needs of vulnerable children. This report aims to build on the findings of the previous report by exploring the key themes identified by the evidence we have 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.

The report can be viewed here.

PCC's response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.