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Runaway Children

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish his Department’s strategy for co-ordinating police forces’ response for safeguarding children who run away or go missing from home or care. (75882)

Our aims are to reduce the number of missing person episodes and, so far as the police are concerned, ensure that all inquiries are risk-assessed and pursued appropriately in accordance with guidance approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). To achieve this we are striving to develop effective partnership working across the statutory and voluntary sectors and are providing funding and support through data exchange protocols. This should help provide better analysis of the extent and nature of the problem which will support policy development.

ACPO, the Police National Missing Persons Bureau (PNMB) in the Metropolitan Police and the voluntary organisations are currently developing proposals for improved working which we look forward to considering.