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Many of the investigations lack the necessary supervisory oversight: supervisors indicated to us that they do not always have time to review all investigations according to constabulary guidelines. Owing to the high levels of demand, these review requirements are rarely being met in many departments responsible for the protection of children across the constabulary

While the constabulary has taken steps to address the issues created by increasing demand levels (for example, by moving the responsibility of conducting domestic abuse investigations from the child protection teams to the vulnerability teams), at the time of inspection it was too early to assess the effect of these changes.

Recommendations 

Immediately Lancashire Constabulary should take action to improve child protection investigations by ensuring that:
 -investigations are supervised and monitored, with supervisor reviews recording clearly any further work that may need to be done;
 -recording on police systems decisions reached at meetings to ensure that staff are aware of all relevant developments to assist in future risk management, and
 -to conduct regular audits of practice that includes assessing the quality, timeliness and supervision of investigations

[on]8th March 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [comment]

The Constabulary has an action plan in place to address all the recommendations from the NCPI. This plan has been reviewed by HMICFRS NCPI team. There is a local governance framework in place and the HMICFRS Board meeting, which is chaired by the DCC/ACC, holds senior leaders and plan owners to account for progress against the plans. Recommendation being progressed.

[/comment][/on][on]14th December 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on]