Abstract

The robust oversight and management of children and young people going missing by Staffordshire County Council, elected members, and partners takes the individual approach by the police to a county level where children and young people going missing is an important aspect of everyone’s business. Equal importance is given whether or not the child or young person is the direct responsibility of the council. A mature approach by the council, the police and independent providers, combined with an innovative approach to sharing information - notably through a multi-agency forum for children at risk of sexual abuse (MACaRoSE), and a young runaways partnership group - promotes earlier identification of children and young people who are vulnerable to child sexual exploitation (CSE). This partnership approach has resulted in some successful operations to tackle CSE and an impressive reduction in young people going missing.