Missing Child Policy for Students Under 16

1. Policy statement
This policy applies only to children under the age of 16. Where a member of staff is concerned about a child missing from education, this policy should be followed.
1.1 Related policies and guidance
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE 2021) - DfE (pdf).
2. Reporting
The College monitors attendance closely, taking registers for each class four times during each day. Our Attendance Officer follows up each unauthorised absence with a telephone call or email. The College will inform the Local Authority if any pupil fails to attend college for 10 days in succession. 
Where a pupil has been continuously absent without authorisation for a period of not less than 20 school days and there are no reasonable grounds to believe the pupil is unwell or unable to attend because of any unavoidable cause and the College and the local authority have failed, following reasonable enquiry, to ascertain the whereabouts of the pupil, the College may delete the pupil’s name from the admission’s register. The College will inform the Local Authority.
3. Action when a child goes missing

Check with their friends
Check with reception
Inform a senior member of staff
Call the student’s mobile
Ask other students and staff in a calm and deliberate fashion

3.1 Further action

Inform the DSL and Premises Manager
DSL to telephone parents
DSL to telephone the police
DSL to organise search in all buildings
Premises Manager to inform Insurers
If student has been injured, inform the HSE under RIDDOR
DSL to record all actions up to the point that the student is found

DSL to review to suggest improvements in security

SMT to devise a press strategy

4. Action in the case of children missing on an outing

Take an immediate head count
An adult to search the vicinity
Inform the DSL
Return the remaining students to the College premises
DSL to contact parents
DSL to contact LSCB and/or LADO. 

5. Review
This policy shall be reviewed every year as part of the College’s annual review of safeguarding and updated as necessary. In undertaking this review the DSL takes into account any incidents of missing students during the previous year and assesses whether there may be a problem with supervision, student support or security at the College, reporting to individual members of staff, students and parents. 

Authorised by
The Principal

September 2021

Effective date of the policy
September 2021

Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request

Review date
September 2022

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