The LA and the Police have been in discussion for some time regarding an initiative to help locate children of primary school age who are reported by their parents/carers as missing from home.
The initiate will involve collating a list of emergency out of hours contact telephone numbers for designated school personnel who can access the school’s text messaging system remotely, so that Police colleagues can contact those personnel to issue a message to parents/carers to help locate children reported as missing from home.
Should a child of primary school age go missing out of school hours then the Police Officer in charge of the case will obtain permission from the parent/carer of the missing child to contact the child’s school for a text message to be circulated to other parents/carers. The Supervisor in the Police Control Room will then telephone the designated school contact and request that a message be circulated to other parents/carers and will dictate the precise information to be circulated via the text message. Parents/carers will be advised to only contact the Police if they have information which will help them locate the child.
For more information click on the Safeguarding section on the website.