The reasons why children and young people runaway or go missing are varied. Whatever the reason they're particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
It is important that steps are taken to ensure that a child’s wellbeing is promoted and they are protected from harm.
Concerns about a missing child who may be in immediate danger should be raised with the police tel: 999.
In Derbyshire, the following guidance should be followed in the event of there being concerns that a child may be missing:
Partnership working between agencies and families is required to help prevent the escalation of risk and harm to children in the context of exploitation.
Locality partnership arrangements have been developed to ensure proportionate and coordinated plans are in place to reduce risk through a contextual safeguarding model.
The purpose of the children missing from education (CME) policy is to ensure that children and young people missing education are re-engaged in appropriate education provision in the shortest possible time, with lasting success and that 'no child slips through the net'.