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Child Rescue Alert

Volume 460: debated on Monday 14 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child Rescue Alert Service introduced by police forces. (134371)

[holding answer 27 April 2007]: The use of Child Rescue Alert is an operational matter for the chief officer of each individual force concerned. The scheme is sponsored by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and is based on a model piloted by Sussex police. ACPO advise that since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2006, there have been no activations and consequently no evaluation has taken place. I understand from the National Policing Improvement Agency that Child Rescue Alert will be included as part of the NPIA’s bi-annual review of the National Missing Persons Guidance.