Cheshire – National child protection inspection
This report is a summary of the findings of our inspection of police child protection services in Cheshire, which took place during January 2022.
We examined the effectiveness of the decisions made by the police at each stage of their interactions with or for children, from initial contact through to the investigation of offences against them. We also scrutinised the treatment of children in custody, and assessed how the constabulary is structured, led and governed, in relation to its child protection services.
The methodology for this inspection was reviewed because of the pandemic. We agreed arrangements with the constabulary to conduct the onsite inspection both safely and effectively while working within national guidelines.
This report sets out our findings.