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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 

Within three months, Lancashire constabulary should take action to improve the investigation of child sexual exploitation, paying particular attention to:
 -improving investigation and proactive responses in dealing with perpetrators involved in CSE;
 -improving the oversight and management of cases (to include auditing of child abuse and exploitation investigations to ensure that standards are being met).

[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]