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About our Missing the Point campaign

Our campaign, Missing the Point, calls on local councils to listen to and take seriously the wishes and feelings of children in their care, in order to reduce the risk of them going missing.

Record numbers of children are going missing from care and are at increased risk of harm including sexual exploitation or grooming for criminal activity.

We have found, through interviews with thousands of young people, that breakdowns in communication between young people and care providers are pushing children to go missing. Urgent action is needed to address the issue.

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Our Solution

We are calling for changes to government and local council policies to reduce the risk of harm to children that may go missing from care.

Our ‘Missing the Point’ campaign includes three key recommendations:

  1. No child is forced to live ‘out of area’ unless it is in their best interests, and their wishes and feelings have been considered.
  2. No child is criminalised as a result of being a victim of child criminal exploitation, such as county lines.
  3. Every child is entitled after a missing episode to an independent return interview, conducted by someone not employed by the local authority.

Our research for parliament on children missing from ‘out of area’ care

In April 2019, NYAS responded to an inquiry held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.

Drawing on the data we hold from our ‘Return Interview’ services across the country, NYAS’ evidenced the scale and nature of some of the issues facing care-experienced young people who go missing, and our report can be found here.

We are working with the Parliamentary Group to empower children and young people to have a direct input into their inquiry. This is in keeping with our key recommendation that the child’s wishes and feelings must be taken into account in decisions made about their placement and their lives. Read full inquiry report here.