The Children’s Society, along with charity Missing People, provide the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults

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This APPG investigates the support available to children who go missing from home or care and was instrumental in securing return home interviews in statutory guidance for children who went missing in 2013. The APPG is currently chaired by Ann Coffey MP, and the vice chairs are former Children’s Minister Tim Loughton and Sir Peter Bottomley. The APPG’s membership spans the main political parties in Westminster and includes members of the House of Lords.

The APPG meets approximately three times a year, including holding an Annual General Meeting.

Recent work:

December 2017: ‘County lines’ awareness raising event

The APPG held an event in parliament to raise awareness of children and young people who go missing because they have been criminally exploited, the event looked at examples of best practice tackling the ‘county lines’ phenomena. Read the full write up of the event.

Find out more about how The Children’s Society is working to tackle the criminal exploitation of children and young people.

To find out about the APPG's previous work, review our timeline.

June 2012: Joint Inquiry into children missing from care

This report from our joint inquiry into children who go missing from care outlined the practical recommendations for policy makers nationally and locally to improve the help and support provided to children who run away or go missing from care.

June 2013: Government publish new guidance on children who run away or go missing from care.

This guidance introduced the ‘Return Home Interview’ which should be offered to very child who goes missing. A Return Home interview is carried out by an independent person and gives young people an opportunity to talk about why they went missing. The information gathered is then used to help stop the young person going missing and keep themselves safe in the future.

November 2013: Child Sexual Exploitation

At this meeting the group examined some of the links between children who go missing and the risks of child sexual exploitation.

July 2014: Troubled Families

At this meeting the group met with Louise Casey from the Troubled Families programme to explore ways in which the programme could help children and young people who go missing.

February 2015: 16 and 17 year olds

At this meeting the group met to discuss the reasons why 16 and 17 year olds go missing, considered some of the key differences between this group and younger children and examined the kinds of safeguarding responses 16 and 17 year olds receive..

May 2016: Missing and absent inquiry

When children and young people are reported as missing to the police some are categorised as ‘absent’ and others as ‘missing’. This inquiry examined the differences between these categorisations and made recommendations to ensure ‘absent’ children are kept safe.

March 2017: Roundtable on children who go missing and are criminally exploited

A roundtable meeting was held to discuss and increase awareness of the links between children going missing and gang exploitation. We produced a briefing report from the event, the full report can be downloaded.

For information about APPG events relating to missing adults please visit the Missing People website.