Children can go missing for a variety of reasons, but in most instances they return home safely. Girls are more likely to go missing than boys at a young age and the harm to the child increases with younger children. In some cases, children might run away because of family issues or conflict with parents and carers. Sometimes children run away to escape abuse or rejection. Sometimes problems at school can be the cause for children to go missing. Sometimes children are not running away but running to somewhere, for example, in cases of child sexual exploitation.
More guidance and a referral form are available further down this page. If you would like to speak to someone, in Devon you can email the MACSE team here. There is more information about Devon’s MACSE processes on the CSE page of this website.
For more information on this you can visit the Missing People charity website – for help, guidance and assistance if you know someone is missing or has run away. You can also visit the the Department for Education website ‘Young runaways’ section or Missing Kids or visit the NSPCC .