Child exploitation and missing
Say something if you see something
Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board launched the 'Say Something if you See Something' campaign in March 2015, a tried and tested campaign endorsed by the National Working Group (NWG) and aimed at the commercial sector, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE). The campaign is expected to reach hotels, nightclubs, public transport including taxis, retail and leisure premises. SSCB also aims to raise awareness in local communities to enable the public to spot the signs of CSE and know how to report their concerns.
SSCB has created a 'Say Something if you See Something' communications pack of resources for all partner agencies to use in their communications with professionals, parents/carers, children and young people, the commercial sector and local communities. SSCB is encouraging agencies to make use of this pack, which is linked to this page.
Ofsted's Missing Children report in February 2013 (archived) stated that children represented approximately two thirds of the estimated 360,000 missing person incidents in 2009-2010.
Children in care are said to be three times more likely to go missing from their home than children who are not in care.
Many children who go missing stay with friends or family members, but there are some who don't have or don't access these support systems, or who are forced to stay in environments that are harmful to their safety and wellbeing, and so end up engaging in activities that may put them at risk.
Missing children are more vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse, criminality and homelessness. We know from high profile child sexual exploitation cases that persistent missing episodes may be an indicator of sexual exploitation.
The four LSCBs in the West Mercia area and West Mercia Police have developed a joint working protocol for reporting missing children and young people.
For further information see the relevant links and documents on this page.