What does missing mean?

“Anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established and where the circumstances are out of character or the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or at risk of harm to themselves or another”
(Association of Chief Police Officers, 2013)

Every year 140 000 children and young people are reported missing.
(Missing People, 2017)

What is a Return Home Interview?

We offer a Return Home Interview (RHI) to young people across Norfolk who have been reported missing, on their return to home or care.

This involves a chat with the young person to talk about the reasons why they went missing, to see if they need any support and to reduce the risk of them going missing again, by helping them be aware of the risks when missing, as well as helping them to address the issues that led to them leaving home or care. We meet with young people wherever they feel most comfortable: home or care home, education-providers or in the community.

Young people choose if they want to see us. As an independent service we are able to offer the young person someone to talk to that is not the Police or Children’s Services.

 

We met with and completed 241 RHIs with young people last year.

What young people said about this service:

“I now see that I could have been hurt when I was missing, I would tell someone where I am going next time.”

“I couldn’t have had those conversations with my social worker, it was easier to talk to her.”

“It would help me get back on track. It got me speaking to my parents more about things that have been happening and actually I feel like it has bought me and my mum closer.’

For free, confidential support call: 0808 800 1037

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Targeted support

For young people who go missing repeatedly, we offer targeted support around missing. We might identify that they need follow-up sessions after the RHI, to offer further support around accessing other services, such as housing, education & sexual health, amongst other issues.