Essex – National child protection inspection (6445)

We recommend that, within six months, Essex Police:

  • takes steps with partners to ensure timely forensic medical examinations are conducted in sexual abuse cases involving children;
  • undertakes a review of the initial risk assessment process in domestic abuse cases to understand whether processes are consistently applied by staff and to ensure cumulative risk to children living with domestic abuse is identified and addressed; and
  • takes steps with partner agencies to evaluate its current MARAC arrangements, including preliminary meetings to filter cases, to ensure that vulnerable people including victims and children are protected at an early stage.

[on]24th March 2016 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]13th September 2016 [comment]

To be updated following publication of the HMIC re-inspection report.

[/comment][/on][on]2nd February 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]2nd February 2018 [comment]

Within the six months timescale Essex Police have taken the following actions:

A weekend paediatric rota to provide additional provision has been established. This provision is protected by the OPCC.

The initial risk assessment process in domestic abuse cases (DASH) was reviewed and some amendments made to reflect the necessity to identify children at the present/connected with those involved in Domestic Abuse incident and clear direction to make appropriate referrals to other agencies as part of the safeguarding. This work has been carried out in partnership with all 3 local authorities children's social care departments and has led to a dramatic increase in referrals identifying the risk to children by domestic abuse in the family.

The MARAC arrangements were reviewed to ensure that vulnerable people including victims and children are protected at an early stage and amendments made as appropriate across the county and unitary authorities.

[/comment][/on][on]24th August 2018 [comment]

This recommendation will be assessed post the force's Integrated Peel inspection is early September 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]11th February 2019 [comment]

Essex Police has embedded the processes described in Feb 2018.

As such this recommendation can be closed.

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