West Mercia – National Child Protection Inspection post-inspection review

Summary

Protecting children is one of the most important tasks the police undertake. Only the police can investigate suspected crimes, arrest perpetrators and monitor sex offenders. Police officers have the power to take a child who is in danger into a place of safety, or to seek an order to restrict an offender’s contact with children. The police service also has a significant role working with other agencies to ensure the child’s protection and well-being, longer term.

This inspection reviewed the progress made in West Mercia Police since the publication of HMIC’s West Mercia – National Child Protection Inspection in 2014. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

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West Mercia Police has made improvements to how it protects children, however is still not performing well in some areas

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