Derbyshire – National child protection inspection
This report is a summary of the findings of our inspection of police child protection services in Derbyshire, which took place in May 2021.
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.
We adapted this inspection because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working within national guidelines, we arranged with the force to carry out our inspection both safely and effectively.
We worked remotely, using video calls for discussions with police officers and staff, their managers and leaders. And we reviewed incidents and investigations online.
This report sets out our findings.