Members of the ECRC include providers of Return Interviews (RHIs), both from the third sector and from local authorities. The coalition was interested in understanding more about how return interviews are being delivered nationally, and what barriers there are to effective provision.
Missing People, on behalf of the ECRC, sent out two Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to every local authority in England. An analysis of the responses to those requests can be found in two reports, the first focusing on the delivery of all return interviews, the second specifically considering their delivery for looked after children who are placed outside of their home local authority area.
Statutory guidance relating to return interviews (also known as return discussions or debriefs) varies in each country. Each report includes a summary of the responses from Scotland and Wales.