Missing Children Policy

  • Raising Explorers has the highest regard for the safety of the children in our care. Staff members will always be extremely aware of the potential for children to go missing during sessions.

    Even when all precautions are properly observed, emergencies can still arise. Therefore staff members will undertake periodic head counts, especially at the transition points between sessions (in addition to the registration procedures set out in the Arrival and Departures policy). If for any reason a staff member cannot account for a child’s whereabouts during a session at CUHP, the following procedure will be activated:

    • The centre manager and the rest of the staff team must be informed that the child is missing.
    • A thorough search of the entire premises will commence.
    • The staff members will be careful not to create an atmosphere of panic and to ensure that the other children remain safe and adequately supervised.
    • Staff members will conduct a search of the area surrounding the premises.
    • All staff members will be extra vigilant to any potentially suspicious behaviour or persons in and around Raising Explorers.
    • If after 10 minutes of thorough searching the child is still missing, the centre manager will inform the police and then the child’s parents.
    • While waiting for the police and the parents to arrive, searches for the child will continue. During this period, other staff members will maintain as normal a routine as is possible for the rest of the children at the Raising Explorers after School Club.
    • The centre manager will be responsible for meeting the police and the missing child’s parents. The centre manager will co-ordinate any actions instructed by the police, and attempt to comfort and reassure the parents.

    Once the incident is resolved, the centre manager and the staff members will review relevant policies and procedures and implement any necessary changes (paying particular note to the relevant provisions of the Risk Assessment for that particular Raising Explorers venue).

    All incidents of children going missing from Raising Explorers will be recorded on a Incident Record Sheet, and in cases where either the police or social care have been informed, Ofsted will also be informed, as soon as is practicable.

    Local police number on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

    This policy was adopted by Raising Explorers on 1st April 2015.

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