We provide intensive one to one support to children who frequently go missing or at most risk whilst they are away from home. We combine this intensive support with Return Home Interviews and our workers are allocated small caseloads.
This means that the worker is able to meet the young person multiple times during the week, quickly building a strong relationship with them and providing support around their missing.
We have been working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire to deliver Return Home Interviews and support to missing children since July 2016.
In April 2019, we were commissioned to continue providing intensive one to one support to children and young people most at risk through their missing. We increased the intensity of our support, going from one visit to up to two sessions per week. We continue to offer young people we’re supporting an RHI on every occasion they go missing.
The cost of a medium risk missing person investigation has been estimated to be between £1,325.44 and £2,415.80. Based on this, the reduction in missing episodes for these 18 young people from 158 to 26 has an associated cost saving of between £174,958 and £318,885 to the police service alone in responding to missing episodes.
Data collected from our Hertfordshire 121 Intensive Support service showed that six months after our support ended:
Further data from a separate cohort of 18 children, that we supported and had full history of their missing episodes showed that missing episodes reduced by 74%.
Our team joins the professional network that already exists around the child and family. We work closely with professionals to compliment the support being provided and undertake focused pieces of work to reduce missing episodes and the associated risk.
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 Estimate taken from Shalev Greene, K. and Pakes, F. Establishing the cost of Missing Person Investigations, University of Portsmouth, 2012.
 It is not possible to entirely attribute the reduction in missing to Missing People’s ‘top 10’ support as we are not necessarily always aware exactly why a young person may stop going missing.