1. ITV Report

Cumbria Constabulary committed to improving child protection

Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, welcomes the report Photo: ITV Border

An inspection into Cumbria Constabulary's child protection services has shown the force is strongly committed to making improvements.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) inspected the constabulary as part of a programme involving every police force across England and Wales.

The inspection of Cumbria Constabulary took place in July 2016 and also made a number of recommendations for further improvements.

Earlier this year the constabulary created an action plan to address the recommendations in the report.

Since then HMICFRS have reviewed the progress.

Inspectors say they are reassured by the continued commitment from Cumbria Constabulary to making further improvements to their child protection services.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:

Our police force is incredibly busy and I would like to extend my thanks on behalf of all Cumbrians to the chief officer team who impressed the inspectors with their total commitment to deliver the improvements, and to all officers and staff who have worked so hard to achieve this outcome.

I know that they will continue to address any outstanding issues; meanwhile I will continue to monitor progress on this closely, as you would expect.

Child safety is a complex area involving many other agencies and it is essential that procedures meet the highest standards and I expect the force to continue to develop and improve in this respect.

As Police and Crime Commissioner my aim shared by the Chief Constable is that all children in Cumbria should grow up in a safe environment, cared for and protected from harm.

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and it is essential that the police, partners and the public get it right first time.”

– Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner

The Chief Constable said:

The report reflects the decisive actions we put in place in response to the recommendations of inspectors and the significant progress made over the past year.

Whilst the findings are very positive, we will not be complacent. We will continue to prioritise the safe-guarding of vulnerable children and will work to identify further areas where we can improve so we can build on the progress made.”

– Jerry Graham, Chief Constable