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We found that the constabulary did have trigger plans in place for children routinely reported as missing; the effectiveness of which would have been improved through using information held by the constabulary from previous missing episodes. Although frontline officers with whom we spoke were unaware of their existence, supervisors did demonstrate knowledge and use of trigger plans to expedite efforts in finding children reported as missing.


Within three months, Lancashire constabulary should improve its practice in cases of children who go missing from home. As a minimum, this should include:

-improving officers’ and staff awareness of their responsibilities for protecting children who are reported missing from home, in particular, those cases where it is a regular occurrence;

-improving supervisory oversight required to drive activity to trace children who are reported missing from home;

-a review of recording processes linked to children missing from home, in particular how children missing from other police areas are managed when information suggests they are in the Lancashire police area;

-Ensuring there is consistency in the how information obtained from return home interviews conducted with children is being relayed to the constabulary to assist in the formulation of plans to reduce risk and frequency of future episodes.

[on]8th March 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]17th May 2018 [comment]

The Constabulary has an action plan in place to address all the recommendations from the NCPI. This plan has been reviewed by HMICFRS NCPI team. There is a local governance framework in place and the HMICFRS Board meeting, which is chaired by the DCC/ACC, holds senior leaders and plan owners to account for progress against the plans. Recommendation being progressed.

[/comment][/on][on]14th December 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on]