North Wales - National child protection inspection post-inspection review
In July 2019, we inspected how well North Wales Police keeps children under the age of 18 safe. In October 2019, we published our findings.
We found that the chief constable, his senior team and the police and crime commissioner (PCC) were clearly committed to protecting vulnerable people, including children. However, improvements were needed, and we made a series of recommendations aimed at improving North Wales Police’s child protection practice.
In November 2019, the force showed us its action plan for responding to our recommendations. Since then, we have continued to monitor its improvement activity. In March 2021, we conducted a post-inspection review to assess its progress. During this review, we:
- examined the force’s policies, strategies and other documents;
- interviewed senior leaders, managers and frontline officers and staff;
- sampled 20 domestic abuse incidents and 15 cases related to online abuse;
- and audited 34 child protection cases related specifically to the areas for improvement set out in the 2019 inspection report.
This report sets out our findings.