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Freedom of Information Request

Missing Children and Return Home Interviews

Received: 30 April 2021

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am contacting you to request the following information. Please provide me with answers to the following questions.

1. Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021…

a. How many children (under 18 years old) were recorded as 'missing' in your local authority?

b. How many Looked After Children were recorded as 'missing' in your local authority?

2. Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, please breakdown…
a. How many children (under 18 years old) who were not Looked After were recorded as missing:
 Once
 Twice
 Three times
 Four times
 Five times
 Between six and 10 times
 Between 11 and 20 times
 Between 21 and 50 times
 Between 51 and 100 times
 More than 100 times

If you record this data differently, please provide it in a way that suits you.
b. How many Looked After Children were recorded as missing:

 Once
 Twice
 Three times
 Four times
 Five times
 Between six and 10 times
 Between 11 and 20 times
 Between 21 and 50 times
 Between 51 and 100 times
 More than 100 times

If you record this data differently, please provide it in a way that suits you.

3. Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021…
a. How many Return Interviews were offered to children (under 18 years old) who were not looked after who had been missing?

b. How many Return Interviews were accepted and received by children (under 18 years old) who were not looked after?

c. How many Return Interviews were offered to Looked After Children who had been missing?

d. How many Return Interviews were accepted and received by Looked After Children?

e. How many accepted Return Interviews were carried out by staff:
i. From the local authority (please name the local authority department)?
ii. Commissioned services (please name the commissioned service)?
4. Who is the provider for your local authority's Return Interview service? (if there are several providers, please provide details of all and the nature of their role)
5. Please share details of any resources or support that your local authority provides directly to children who have been missing.
If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance under the Section 16 obligations of the Act as to how I can refine my request.

Outcome / Documents

  • Response (all information to be supplied) - application/pdf - Download