Children missing from council care

Information about children who go missing from council care in Oxfordshire.

Children and young people aged under 18 who go missing from council care invariably place themselves at risk. It is important that police and social workers work together to ensure that the child is found as quickly as possible. The police will make the decision whether to contact the media about the missing child.

When a child is found

When a child is found:

  • parents, police, social workers and all others informed of the absence should be advised of the child's return without delay
  • police and social workers should explore the reasons why the child went missing to prevent it happening again

When a child remains missing

  • a report should be made to the Police National Missing Persons' Bureau 28 days after going missing
  • Oxfordshire County Council should formally review all cases where children have been absent for six months or more to check all actions have been taken to find the child
  • while the child remains absent, his or her case should be described as 'open' and should be reviewed at six monthly intervals
  • all police missing persons files will remain live until the person is traced or until the divisional commander is satisfied all lines of enquiry have been exhausted. He will then forward the file to the assistant chief constable who will take the decision to file or otherwise
  • where the assistant chief constable has made the decision to file, the Force Intelligence Bureau will be responsible for bringing forward the file on persons who remain missing for review by the detective superintendent, 12 months after the file date

 

Last reviewed
03 September 2013

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