Missing children

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree that the MPS plays a vital role in finding and safeguarding children that go missing in London?


Answer for Missing children
Missing children

Missing children

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes. Over half of the 40,000 cases of missing persons that the MPS responds to every year concern children who are aged 11-17. The MPS has a clear and focused investigative response in finding missing persons, working with partners and sharing information to ensure safeguarding is prioritised on each occasion.

The MPS has resources in place to identify repeat and/or clustered cases of missing children and prioritise intervention.  Prevention strategies are progressed in partnership with a range of agencies including local authorities and care providers. The MPS fully engage with partnership arrangements at the pan London and local level to tackle key issues. 

The provision of ‘safe and well’ checks to every located child ensures the capture of intelligence that is then shared with Children’s Services via Multi-agency Safeguarding Hubs. 

This answer was received on 21/09/15.