A police force is “not effectively safeguarding children”, a watchdog has said.
Staffordshire Police needs to do more to give a consistently good service for all children and some investigations are confused, a report says.
The force was criticised for its handling of some missing children cases with inspectors saying it takes too long to recognise risks and respond.
The force said it was committed to making improvements.
The inspection, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in September, found, overall, the force’s arrangements “aren’t consistently providing a good enough response to effectively safeguard children”.