Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to child protection, but more work is needed
Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to protecting and providing better outcomes for children, but some improvements are needed, a new report has found.
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Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found examples of good work at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, including that it works well with other organisations to investigate child abuse, and that officers communicate well and form positive relationships with children who have been exploited.
However, HMICFRS said the force still needs to make some improvements, including:
- a more consistent approach to risk assessments when children are involved in domestic abuse cases;
- more consistency in the way officers manage lower-risk registered sex offenders; and
- sharing information with partners sooner in online abuse investigations.
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Roy Wilsher said:
“Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to protecting children, and specialist staff work to a high standard in an increasingly complex and demanding environment. The force works well with health professionals, education services and children’s social care.
“However, some areas could be improved, including sharing information as soon as a risk to a child is identified in online abuse investigations.
“The force has responded quickly to the areas of concern identified by this inspection, and I am confident it will continue to make improvements.”
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- For further information, the HMICFRS Press Office can be contacted at 07836 217 729 or HMICPressOffice@hmicfrs.gov.uk.