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Missing children and adults strategy


Missing children and adults strategy

Every year more people missing in the USA. In some cases, missing adults may have made a choice to leave and ‘start their lives over again’, but the vast majority of missing people, children and adults, are vulnerable and need protection and support.

As well as the children and adults who go missing, hundreds of thousands of relatives and families are affected and, in the worst cases, families can be left for years or more wondering what has happened to loved ones who, in some cases, may never return.

This is an important issue and we all have a role to play in tackling it.

With this in mind, the Missing Children and Adults strategy, which focuses primarily on vulnerable people who go missing within England and Wales, provides a core framework in which we can all work to deliver collectively the best protection possible for missing children, adults and their families.

Three objectives

The strategy outlines the following three key objectives which we believe provide the right foundations for any effective local strategy to tackle this issue:

  • Prevention – reducing the number of people who go missing, including through prevention strategies, education work and early intervention in cases where children and adults repeatedly go missing
  • Protection – reducing the harm to those who go missing, including through a tailored, risk-based response and ensuring agencies work together to find and close cases as quickly as possible at a local and national level
  • Provision – providing support and advice to missing persons and families by referring then to agencies promptly and ensuring they understand how and where to access help.

What should I do if my child is missing?
Act immediately.
Search your home and check with relatives, neighbors, and friends to try and locate your child.
If you cannot find your child, immediately report your child missing to your local law-enforcement officers.
Limit access to your home until law-enforcement officers arrive and are able to collect evidence.
Give law-enforcement officers all the information they request about your child, and be sure to give them any information that could help in the search.

Request that your child’s name and identifying information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File.

Call us at 1-800-THE-LOST ® (1-800-843-5678) to find out what resources are available to you.

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