Staffordshire – National child protection re‑inspection

Published on: 4 August 2023

Publication types: Child protection

Police Forces: Staffordshire

This report is a summary of the findings of our re-inspection of police child protection services in Staffordshire, which took place in March 2023.

Our first inspection took place in September 2021 and was published in April 2022. It was part of our rolling programme of child protection inspections.

We made 15 recommendations aimed at improving practice in Staffordshire Police.

Because of the serious concerns raised in the Staffordshire Police national child protection inspection 2022 report, in March 2023, we carried out a full re-inspection of Staffordshire Police’s approach to child protection.

We examined the effectiveness of the police response at each stage of their interactions with or for children, from initial contact through to investigation of offences against them. It also included scrutiny of the treatment of children in custody, and an assessment of how the force is structured, led, and governed in relation to its child protection services.

This report sets out our findings.

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Staffordshire Police has made progress on child protection, but further improvements are needed

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