Young Runaways and Missing Children: Enhancing Prevention, Protection and Provision in Every Local Area

Location: London
Organiser: Public Policy Exchange

This symposium will offer lead members for children’s services, police forces, housing providers, third sector representatives, health, social care and education professionals with a timely and invaluable opportunity to strengthen strategies for reducing the number of runaway and missing children, minimising the risk of harm, and providing children and families with adequate guidance and support. It will also provide police forces and local authorities with a platform to share best practice on risk assessment and ongoing safeguarding work. 

Delegates Will:

  • Engage with existing efforts to promote continuous improvement in services for children who runaway or go missing from home, care or education
  • Consider how schools and local authorities can ensure there are effective tracking, enquiry and referral systems in place for children who are missing education
  • Assess how to drive operational and cultural change that improve the confidence of families and children in the police as a source of help and protection
  • Learn how local authorities are partnering with police to conduct effect return interviews which minimise repeat episodes
  • Scrutinise whether the ‘absent children’ category should be scrapped, and how children can receive a proportionate response based on the risks they face
  • Discuss how to make positive interventions in cases where children repeatedly run away or go missing from home or care
  • Explore the importance of providing suitable, risk assessed emergency accommodation that meets the full range of a child’s needs
  • Identify how local authorities can work effectively with other agencies to investigate and respond to the circumstances underpinning children going missing
  • Share best practice of ensuring a tailored, multi-agency, risk based response to cases of missing and runaway children
  • Develop understanding of the underlying causes of children going missing and how these can be linked to CSE, other forms of exploitation and criminality is an online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning.