Missing Children

Commenting on the recently published HMI Constabulary report on the police response to missing and absent children, Alison O’Sullivan, President of ADCS, said:

“We continue to see increases in the number and frequency of children who go missing. And while this rise may be, in part, due to a greater awareness and better recording, this remains a pressing concern for us. Those who go missing from home or from care are potentially putting themselves at risk of harm from individuals and gangs who specifically target and exploit the most vulnerable in our society. It is important to recognise that running away is often a symptom of a wider problem, safeguarding is everybody’s business and local authorities, the police, health services, schools and others must work together to address the root causes of this issue.

“The ADCS website hosts an online directory for local authorities to use to notify one another about out of area placements. We are now looking to expand this to include police contacts and trials with seven forces are currently underway.”


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