Protecting people from violence and abuse

Protecting children and vulnerable people is one of the most important tasks the police undertake. HMICFRS inspects police forces’ response to domestic abuse and violence, as well as how forces are protecting children.

PEEL is the programme in which HMICFRS draws together evidence from its annual all-force inspections. The evidence is used to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police. These assessments were introduced so that the public will be able to judge the performance of their force and policing as a whole. PEEL stands for

The protection of children is one of the most serious and important responsibilities entrusted to the police service. In March 2013, HMIC published the report ‘Mistakes were made: HMIC’s review into allegations and intelligence material concerning Jimmy Savile between 1964 and 2012’. Following on from this report, in early 2014 we started a programme of

There are many websites and lots of information available to help you stay safe online. Here are some of the sites and resources we found while carrying out our study of digital crime and policing.

Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC. Police response to domestic violence and abuse Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic

At the request of the Chief Constable (and subsequently with the agreement of the police and crime commissioner), HMIC examined whether risks to victims of domestic abuse are now being adequately managed in Essex. The inspection also aimed either to prove or to allay HMIC’s concerns that the significant resources Essex Police has invested in

In 2016/17, HMIC and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) carried out the first inspection into harassment and stalking. The aim of the was inspection to assess the effectiveness of police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in dealing with cases involving harassment and stalking, and to examine the service received by victims.

To supplement inspection findings from the 2017 joint inspection into harassment and stalking, HMIC commissioned the University of Worcester to carry out a qualitative study of the experiences and perceptions of victims. The inclusion of these experiences in the full report, ‘Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking’, provides

Before the EU referendum in 2016, the former Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to carry out an inspection of police forces’ understanding of, and response to, hate crime of all types. HMICFRS has begun this programme of work on hate crime with a scoping study, which

There can be no more important duty placed on society than to protect children from harm. The police service in England and Wales plays a vital role in keeping children safe and carrying out this duty. In 2012, HMIC carried out fieldwork as part of an inspection into how police forces performed in their work

In 2016, a programme of joint targeted area child protection inspections was launched. These short, focused inspections are carried out on a multi-agency basis, led by Ofsted and also involving HMICFRS, the Care Quality Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service