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The Knowledge Gap: Safeguarding missing children in Wales (English and Welsh reports)

16.08.17

The Children’s Society has published a report in the differences between safeguarding practices and procedures for missing children in England and Wales.

The report looks at how important information is shared between agencies, how children are enabled to share their experiences, and the tools available to help keep children safe.

Key findings included that less children in care went missing once than children missing from home, but more children in care had five or more missing episodes. It also noted, children in Wales were less likely to receive a debrief than children in England, because of differences in who receives a debrief is decided.

Key recommendations of the report included that debriefs become a statutory requirement across Wales, and that the UK Government, National Police Chiefs Council and stakeholders work together to ensure that the new National Missing Persons Database meets the needs of all safeguarding agencies.

To read the report in full, in both Welsh and English, please see the Children’s Society’s website.