CLEVELAND Police still has work to do when it comes to tackling investigations into missing children.

A recent inspection by HMICFSR showed the force needs to improve how it assesses, safeguards and investigates cases involving children, such as children who go missing from home, domestic abuse against a child, child abuse and child exploitation.

Acting Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Lisa Oldroyd welcomed the progress the force was making in addressing the concerns expressed.

She said: “There has been notable progress in some areas, namely within the Force control room, in responding to domestic abuse and in how the Force records crime.

"That said, there is still more to do – particularly within the area of protecting vulnerable children."