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Cause of concern
The force has made insufficient progress on two of the areas for improvement identified in HMIC’s 2015 effectiveness (vulnerability) report.
The force should address this rapidly to ensure that victims are safeguarded and staff know how to respond well:
• The force should improve its response to missing and absent people, including frequently missing children, by:
-developing its understanding of the scale and nature of the issue; -managing the assessment process more robustly;
-using systems designed to support the management of cases effectively; and
-increasing awareness of trigger plans for those children who frequently go missing and who are at risk of sexual exploitation.
• The force should improve its response to children at risk of sexual exploitation by ensuring it develops its understanding of the scale and nature of the issue, and that its frontline staff know how to identify cases and understand how to respond.
[on]2nd March 2017 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]11th April 2018 [comment]
Progress in these areas has been monitored and in the Autumn 2017 were re-examined during the PEEL Effectiveness inspection. Any areas for improvement still to be addressed were carried over into this report, published in March 2018.
[/comment][/on][on]15th May 2018 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]15th May 2018 [comment]
This recommendation is closed as any areas for improvement still to be addressed have been carried over into the PEEL effectiveness report, published in March 2018.