Comment on Children Going Missing from Care

Commenting on the role of local authorities in cases of children going missing from care, Andrew Christie, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee, said:

“Young people who go missing have usually entered care as teenagers and have very complex needs and sometimes several times. While we do recognise the additional burdens
facing the police service, they do share a legal safeguarding duty and in return it needs to be recognised that our members are facing similar pressures.

“It is important that we work together to shape our responses and get a better understanding of the wide range of situations which lead to children going missing. All agencies including local authorities, the police, health services, schools, youth services and the voluntary sector have their parts to play in this. Failing to do so leaves children at risk. So we need to use the expertise of different agencies to ensure local processes are effective when responding to such incidents.”


The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Ltd is the professional leadership association for Directors of Children’s Services and their senior management teams in England.

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