West Midlands – National Child Protection Inspection Re-inspection
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.
HMIC published an initial report in October 2014 on the child protection work of West Midlands Police. This found that despite a clear commitment to protecting children, there were areas of concern that meant children were not receiving the service they deserve. In July 2015 inspectors carried out a follow up inspection – the findings are in the report below.