In 2016/17 the LSCB supported the Pan Beds work on improving the practice around missing children and held a spotlight event (linkkkkkkkkk) to gain a better understanding of what practitioners said could be improved. A revised missing child procedure is now in place (linkkkkkkkkk).
In 2017/18 we are focusing on what happens in schools in terms of how well do schools and the systems around children missing education, children not going to school, and elective home education, work in safeguarding children.
Missing Kids UK
The Missing Children Team is a specialist unit providing advice and support to UK law enforcement and other partners in relation to missing children issues. They work closely with the UK Missing Persons Bureau to:
- Provide tactical advice and support to UK law enforcement in cases where children go missing or have been abducted, in the UK and abroad
- Support and promote the use of the Child Rescue Alert system to quickly and safely recover high risk missing children
- Identify and disseminate good practice, nationally and internationally
- Deliver training and guidance to police and partners regarding missing children
- Improve knowledge and practice relating to missing children
The Missing Children Team are part of the Global Missing Children Network maintaining strong relations with international contacts and work with the International Child Abduction Contact Unit (ICACU) to locate foreign national children involved in parental abductions to the UK.
They do not take reports of missing children from members of the public. These should be reported to your local police station. For further advice visit their website.