In 2016/17 the LSCB supported the Pan Beds work on improving the practice around missing children and held a spotlight event to gain a better understanding of what practitioners said could be improved. A revised missing child procedure is now in place.

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.


Missing People

Missing People is the only charity in the UK which is dedicated to bringing missing children and adults back together with their families. Some missing people you will have heard of, but many more you won’t. For their families, life can feel like a desperate and unbearable struggle as they wait for days or even years. That’s why they are here for missing people and their families, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide free and confidential support by phone, text or email.

For more information, visit their website.

Useful Resources

Children Missing Education: statutory guidance for local authorities

Visit the document here

A useful website for practitioners and families can be found at:

More information can be found on the Luton Borough Council website:

Visit the website here