South Wales PEEL 2015
How well has the force performed in our other inspections?
In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMICFRS carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections (for instance, our 2016 leadership assessment); others are joint inspections.
Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.
This section sets out the reports published by HMIC this year that help to better understand the performance of South Wales Police.
Honour-based violence (HBV)
South Wales Police is not yet prepared to protect people from harm from HBV, particularly the most vulnerable, and support victims.
The force has not yet prepared its leadership and governance structures in order to support its ability to identify and respond to cases of HBV.
The force is prepared, in respect of its awareness and understanding of HBV, and ensures that its officers and staff recognise, understand and identify victims from the first point of contact.
The force is prepared in respect of the levels of protection to be offered to victims of HBV.
The force is not yet prepared in respect of enforcement against perpetrators of HBV. The force is not yet prepared to prevent offences occurring.
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The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes – a national overview of forces’ preparedness to deal with honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Published: 8 December 2015
South Wales Police carries out its duty to protect children well in a number of areas, however inspectors found concerning examples where its service fell short.
South Wales Police is clearly committed to improving child protection services. We were pleased to find examples where the welfare of children had been of the utmost priority for officers. In cases where the concern was serious and immediately recognised as a child protection matter, the approach to the child or parents (or social worker when the parent was a suspect) was carefully considered, and the best ways to engage with the child were explored. This sensitive approach resulted in stronger relationships between the child and police.
The force has recognised that its response to child sexual exploitation is under-developed and is taking steps to address this. Nevertheless, the force still has much more to do to understand the nature and extent of child sexual exploitation in the communities it serves.
The quality and timeliness of investigations also needs to be improved. We found examples of serious cases, such as rape and sexual assault that were dealt with by non-specialist officers.
The force also needs to improve its awareness of the links between children going missing from home, and the risk of sexual exploitation.
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Published: 14 July 2015