Regional guidance: police involvement in residential units: safeguarding of children missing from home or foster care

Health and Social Care Board
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This regional guidance, piloted in April-June 2006, details advice for carers and social workers, as well as police personnel, for when the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) attend residential units (including, but not limited to, when children/young people go missing), and when children living with families, (their own or fostered, care of a Health and Social Care Trust (trust)) go missing. Information of specific relevance to the police is highlighted, and compliments existing good practice, which should centre on missing individuals’ risk assessments, say the authors. Previous research (2001, Raws P.), the principles and definitions involved are detailed. The ‘police involvement in residential units’ section lists preventative measures which could minimise the need for police involvement and key points to remember when PSNI do attend. Criminal damage/assaults within units, unauthorised absences, missing children, and good practice when the child is located are also covered. The section on safeguarding of children missing from home and foster care is sub-sectioned into ‘police action’, ‘trust action’ and ‘when the child is located’. Seven appendices including contacts’ details, police roles, a young person profile, monitoring forms, PSNI guide to abduction, and details and definitions of strategy meetings and reluctant (child) witnesses are presented.

Subject terms:
looked after children, police, runaways, social workers, child protection, children, collaboration, families, good practice;
Content type:
practice guidance
Northern Ireland
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