Metropolitan Police Service - National child protection inspection assessment of progress

Published on: 1 September 2021

Publication types: Child protection

Police Forces: Metropolitan

Summary

This report sets out findings from our 2021 assessment of the progress made by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) against recommendations and findings from our 2016, 2017 and 2018 child protection inspections (please see below).

We started this inspection in early 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant we had to postpone some of our work until 2021. We adapted the methodology for a remote inspection, using video calls for discussions with police officers and staff, their managers and leaders, together with online reviews of incidents and investigations.

During this inspection we:

  • examined force policies, strategies and other documents;
  • interviewed senior leaders, managers and frontline officers and staff, in some planned and some unannounced sessions; and
  • audited 170 child protection cases.

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Previous inspections

Our 2016 inspection

Metropolitan Police Service –  National child protection inspection 

Our 2017 quarterly assessments

Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection inspection post-inspection quarter 1 update

Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection inspection post-inspection quarter 2 update

Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection inspection post-inspection quarter 3 update

Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection inspection post-inspection quarter 4 update

The 2018 post-inspection review

Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection post-inspection review