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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 six months, Lancashire constabulary should undertake a review to ensure that the force is fulfilling its statutory responsibilities as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children. As a minimum,

-this should include a review of referral processes to ensure that risk is being identified effectively and shared in a timely manner with external agencies when appropriate. 34

-providing guidance to frontline staff that identifies the range of responses and actions that the police can take to ensure immediate safeguarding concerns are addressed which contribute to multi-agency plans for protecting children in these cases.

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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.

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