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Missing children and young people

Missing, Sexually Exploited and Trafficked (MSET) have a commitment to safeguarding young people who go missing and put themselves at risk of exploitation and harm. Children go missing from home or care for various reasons, some are often varied and complex. Those young people who go missing may place themselves and others at risk. As well as short-term risks there can be long term implications for these children. 

For every 'missing episode' the young person will get proper attention from the professionals involved. This includes independent return interviews for any young person who goes missing more than once or where there are concerns about a second missing episode.

We monitor children and young people who:

  • go missing from home or care
  • are at risk or are putting themselves at risk of sexual exploitation 
  • are being trafficked. 


We meet monthly. The chair is the Missing from Home Co-Ordinator from Northumbria  police. The group includes representatives from a wide range of agencies working with children and young people in Gateshead.

Any professional can refer a young person to the MSET but it's best done via multi-agency group. If you are concerned about a child who has had missing episodes and/or a risk of sexual exploitation use the Icon for word Child Sexual Exploitation Framework. [480KB] Complete a screening tool and a stage two assessment if necessary.

Gov.UK have statutory guidance on young children who go missing from home or care.

View the Icon for pdf Gateshead LSCB procedure about missing children and young people [272.68KB]

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