Missing people investigations

MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What assessments have you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service of the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults that at least 10,000 children a year across the UK, many of them in London, could be at risk because they receive no response when they go missing?


Answer for Missing people investigations

Answer for Missing people investigations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2013, ACPO (now National Police Chiefs Council) widened the definition of a missing person to include an 'absent' category which distinguishes between people who are 'absent' and 'missing'.

The new definition aimed to ensure Police resources were used to best effect when Missing Person reports were received, leading to a more effective and efficient response by Police and other agencies.

A new approach to investigating missing people was launched on Monday 14 July 2014, across the MPS. This takes wider vulnerabilities into consideration when dealing with a missing child and enables the Met to capture a greater number of vulnerable young people through a safeguarding approach. Once recognised referrals are then placed within local mechanisms such as Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) or Multi Agency Sexual Exploitation (MASE) meetings in order to alert agencies to a young person's high level of vulnerability.

MOPAC have been keen to address this issue through their gangs and CSE work in particular and are reviewing effective practice around both the MASE process and Return Home Interviews as part of the London Safeguarding Children's Board CSE task and Finish group.