Missing Children Young People
Missing Children and Young People
Children and young people go missing from home
or care for a number of reasons, some of which are often varied and
complex. Those who go missing may place themselves and others at
risk. As well as short-term risks there can be long term
implications for these children and young people.
Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board
(BBSCB) and its partner agencies (particularly Bedfordshire Police
and Bedford Borough Council) have a commitment to safeguarding
those young people who go missing and put themselves at risk of
exploitation and other forms of harm. There is a commitment for
every ‘missing episode’ to attract the proper attention from the
professionals involved with the young person.
Since April 2013 Police forces have been
rolling out new definitions of ‘missing’ and ‘absent’ in relation
to children and adults reported as missing to the Police. These
- Missing: anyone whose whereabouts cannot be
established and where the circumstances are out of character, or
the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or at risk
of harm to themselves or another; and
- Absent: a person not at a place where they are
expected or required to be.
The Missing Children and Young People
Panel (MCYPP) is a multi-agency panel held once a month
with regular representatives from Bedfordshire Police, Children’s
Services (all three Local Authorities), Youth Offending, Health and
any other invited agencies. The meeting is intended to share
intelligence and information, provide interventions and reduce the
risk to children and young people who are regularly reported
missing or absent. The panel does not address risks relating to
Child Sexual Exploitation and these should be referred to the Child
Sexual Exploitation Panel.
If you are concerned about the risk a child or
young person is being exposed to during periods of absence/missing
or the number of times a child or young person is absent or
missing, a referral can be made to the panel. If you wish to
discuss any case you are considering for referral to the panel,
advice or the full Terms of Reference can be sought from
Bedfordshire Police Missing Persons Unit (via 101). The MCYPP
referral form can be located below.
Click on the link below to access
the procedures regarding missing children and young people
Please also go to
the Governments Statutory guidance for local authorities and their
partners to stop children going missing and to protect those who
Runaway Helpline has launched a new website
and is promoting its free 24/7 confidential helpline 116000.
Please share the website with young people you are working with and
there are lots of topics there about the problems and reasons that
young people run away, to inform discussions and to help.
We would appreciate if you signpost to our services for young
people and include our details in directories and in website
Free, 24/7 confidential
Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running
you have already run away, or if you have been
away and come back.
Call or Text : 116 000
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
To download a poster for young people you are working with and a
professionals leaflet or to order materials please go to