Statutory guidance on children who run away and go missing from home or care: supporting local authorities to meet the requirements of national indicator 71: missing from home and care

This guidance on children who run away or go missing is issued under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970.

Contents include: responding to the needs of all children and young people who run away and go missing; push/pull factors; regional arrangements and cross-border issues; Runaway and Missing from Home and Care (RMFHC) protocols; risk assessment; police Safe and Well Check and Return Interviews; care planning; placement matters; looked-after children trafficked from abroad; support for care staff; the law concerning missing or runaway children. Case studies covering examples of good practice are included.

Department for Children, Schools and Families