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1.4.9 Missing Children – Reporting to Senior Managers

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This brief chapter highlights the accountability and line management of all children who go missing with regard to their assessed level of risk. Please ensure familiarity with this process.

RELEVANT GUIDANCE

London Child Protection Procedures Children Missing from Care, Home and Education

DfE: Statutory Guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care (2014)

Tri.x Briefing No.107: Revised Statutory Guidance on Children Who Run Away or Go Missing from Home or Care

RELEVANT CHAPTERS

Children Missing from Home Procedure

Children Missing from Care Procedure

Multi-agency Protocol for children missing from home and care

Safeguarding Foreign National Children Who Go Missing Procedure

This chapter was introduced into the Manual in September 2016.


Contents

  1. If a Child or Young Person is Missing from Home or Care
  2. If a Child is Deemed to be ‘High Risk’
  3. Medium or Low Risk


1. If a Child or Young Person is Missing from Home or Care

All children missing from home or care will be risk assessed by the police.

In addition social workers should complete the ‘Missing or absent risk screening tool’ accessed via the start menu in Mosaic.


2. If a Child is Deemed to be ‘High Risk’

In all cases where the child is deemed ‘high risk’ either by the police or by the social work risk assessment:

  • The relevant Assistant Director should be informed immediately who will confirm the risk rating and inform the Director of Children & Families if risk level confirmed;
  • The Director of Children & Families will decide whether to inform the Strategic Director of Children & Adults Services who will decide whether to inform the lead member for Children’s Services.


3. Medium or Low Risk

If a child is missing from care and assessed to be medium or low risk:

  • Initially the child’s social worker should discuss the absence with their Advanced Practitioner who along with the Practice Group Lead will be responsible for ensuring as far as possible the risk is managed;
  • If missing for over 48 hours, the Head of Service should be informed;
  • If missing for over 5 days, the relevant Assistant Director should be informed.

The Assistant Director will provide a weekly report to the Director of Children & Families with updating information about all high risk missing children and all children missing from care over 5 days regardless of risk level. 

All children missing from care under 12 years old are considered high risk.

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