An estimated 140,000 young people under 18 go missing each year (The Home Office, 2010: 5) and based on self-reported behaviour, an estimated 100,000 children under 16 years of age run away overnight from home or care each year in the UK, over two-thirds of these cases are not reported to the police (Rees and Lee, 2005: 24).
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.
A Missing and Child Exploitation Forum (MACE) is held regularly in Torbay. The forum is a place where information regarding children at risk, perpetrators and locations are submitted for information sharing purposes. Please use the referral form below to refer cases to the forum and email completed forms to Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
To be used when referring a case to the MACE Forum
Procedure for Children Abused Through Sexual Exploitation:
The Procedure for Children Abused Through Sexual Exploitation (below) can be used to enable professionals to assess a child or young person’s level of risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in a quick and consistent manner. Children and young people under the age of 18 (Children Act 1989) are considered under the scope of this guidance and toolkit.
When any child is identified as being at potential risk or subject to CSE please notify the CSE/MISPER Coordinator for Children's Services firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as the relevant referral channels, a copy of all completed Risk Factors Matrix (below) should also be forwarded to her for data recording and reporting purposes.
Procedure and processes for reducing the risk of children harmed through Sexual Exploitation
Guidance for professionals working with children on the use of civil orders, notices and other powers to disrupt and prevent CSE
Exploitation Screening Tool