South Yorkshire Police's Response to Child Sexual Exploitation – Findings of an inspection commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner

Published on: 11 November 2013

Publication types: Child protection

Police Forces: South Yorkshire


The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Shaun Wright, commissioned HMIC to assess the effectiveness of South Yorkshire Police’s approach to protecting children from sexual exploitation, and to develop recommendations for improvements.

The inspection found that the PCC and the Chief Constable had both made it clear that preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation is a top priority for the force. As a result, between January and March 2013 the force trained all of its 1,700 frontline staff in relation to child sexual exploitation. In addition, all the officers and staff working in child protection were clearly deeply committed to their work. They were conscientious, enthusiastic, and focused on achieving good outcomes for the children with whom they work.

Overall, however, the evident efforts to improve the force’s response to child sexual exploitation have had mixed success.

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