Return Home Interview Training: Supporting children on return

Join our virtual training webinar on ‘Return Home Interview Training: Supporting children on return’

About this event

This online, half-day session introduces the process of delivering return home interviews to children missing from home and residential care based on statutory guidance in England, Scotland, and Wales.

The training has been designed to grow participants’ understanding of missing and why young people/ children run away as well as build on existing communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work with and engage young people.

The training will also highlight effective follow-up pathways including contextual responses, family support and ongoing prevention including safety planning.


Return Home Interview (also known as Return Discussion or Return Debriefs) is a requirement across England, Scotland and Wales. Each country has their own guidance;

  • Department of Education: Statutory guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care, January 2014
  • Wales Safeguarding Procedures: All Wales Practice Guide: Safeguarding Children who go missing from home or care, 2020
  • Scottish Government: The National Missing Persons Framework, updated 2020

A Return Home Interview provides an opportunity for a person to be listened to – to understand why they went missing, what happened whilst they were away, including exploring whether they have come to any harm, and discuss what needs to be put in place to prevent them from going missing again.

“Good training, very clear, kept me interested throughout, plenty of interaction which made the training more interesting.”

A Return Home Interview is an opportunity to engage with a person who may not previously have come into contact with any other professional support – there is no threshold for a Return Home Interview. Therefore, it is a fundamental opportunity to identify any previously unknown risk, harm, or exploitation that a child or young person for example, may have experienced, or currently be experiencing, and refer them to any additional support services that they may need.

Refund Policy

You may request to cancel your ticket for a full refund, up to 72 hours before the date and time of the event. Cancellations between 25-72 hours before the event may transferred to a different date/time of the same/similar event. Cancellation requests made within 24 hours of the class date/time may not receive a refund nor a transfer. When you register for a ticket, you agree to these terms.


This 3.5-hour session is designed to inform and upskill professionals through the following agenda;

  • An introduction to understanding why children go missing from home and residential care through statistics on the national picture of missing and through the voices of the child’s experience.
  • An introduction to statutory guidance across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • A dedicated session on how to deliver a return home interview with the opportunity to build on existing communication and inter-personal skills to effectively work with and engage young people.
  • What to do following a return home interview including follow-up pathways through contextual responses and family support.
  • Good practice in prevention and supporting children who go missing longer term.

Who should attend?

This virtual session has been designed for professionals delivering return home interviews in the voluntary sector, local authority, and police.


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