Since July 2019, Missing People has been working in partnership with Scottish Government, Police Scotland and local authorities to deliver a bespoke programme of training and consultancy to professionals working with missing adults and children, in 6 local areas in Scotland in accordance with The Scottish National Missing Persons Framework. To find out more, click here.
In October 2020, Missing People worked with a local police force to build on policy, procedure and response to missing. In particular, this work focused on improving the accuracy and quality of Safe and Well Checks delivered by the police, for children, young people and their families. Our work included a review of 120 Safe and Well Check reports and a comprehensive review of local police policies, protocols and current practice, including missing policy and procedures for the identification of good practice. We conducted 121 sessions with front-line officer for reflection and feedback on the local delivery of Safe & Well Checks, and produced a report on our findings and recommendations. This work was completed with online training for 100 police officer based on our findings and recommendations, covering best practice; recording and identifying risk, and a Q&A session.
In January 2020, Missing People delivered a PCC funded event in Cambridgeshire, focusing on training around child exploitation. Professionals from Cambridgeshire Police, Education, the local authority, health and the voluntary sector attended.
“Co-hosting with Missing People brought a new dimension to the training and stance of the lived experience emphasised to all the need to make sure we place the child at the heart of all the decisions we make. I have received many positive comments and emails from colleagues and partners who found the event interesting and insightful and I am confident that safeguarding of the young people within the county will improve as a result.”
– DI Sherrie Nash, Cambridgeshire Police
Later in 2020, Missing People will deliver a Covid-secure online training event for a further 75 multi-agency professionals across Cambridgeshire. The training will be co-delivered with Cambridgeshire Police’s Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) Team. The training will focus on improving the local response to missing children in order to reduce the risk of further missing episodes, and lessen the chance of them becoming a victim of crime.
Previous feedback on similar training has been the following:
“Really interesting and informative. The day was great, the speakers were brilliant, especially the hosts. Was the best training I have been on in a long time.”
“Very thought provoking and a great way to network. I will take the learning back to the rest of the team and it will be extremely valuable in this difficult climate.”