Sheffield & South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police praised over child crime cases

South Yorkshire Police has reacted "well" to an inspection that revealed "serious concerns" about how the force dealt with child sexual exploitation.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said the force had "invested considerably" into its response to exploitation.

An HMIC letter following a revisit in May said the force knew it still had "some way to go".

Shaun Wright, the force's PCC, said he was "very pleased" with the feedback.

The original report, commissioned by Mr Wright and published in November 2013, had found a failure of management.

In June 2013, authorities in South Yorkshire were criticised by MPs on the Home Affairs Committee for their handling of child sexual exploitation.

Mr Wright said he wanted "to be certain" the right approach was used.

In 2012 the force had denied withholding information about the scale of sexual exploitation of girls by gangs of men in South Yorkshire.

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