South Wales - National child protection inspection

Published on: 14 July 2015

Publication types: Child protection

Police Forces: Heddlu De Cymru and South Wales


Protecting children is one of the most important tasks the police undertake. Only the police can investigate suspected crimes, arrest perpetrators and monitor sex offenders. Police officers have the power to take a child who is in danger into a place of safety, or to seek an order to restrict an offender’s contact with children. The police service also has a significant role working with other agencies to ensure the child’s protection and well-being, longer term.

This inspection examined child protection in South Wales Police in February/March 2015. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

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South Wales – National child protection inspection (PDF document)

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South Wales Police carries out its duty to protect children well in a number of areas, however inspectors found concerning examples where its service fell short

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