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Safeguarding Responses to Missing Young People and CSE... Are missing children missing from local safeguarding priorities

Wednesday 25th February 2015 at NWG Network Headquarters

Aim of the day

  • To outline what local authorities are required to do to ensure a safeguarding response to children and young people missing from home and care.
  • To incorporate learning from work in three different local authority areas in terms of challenges and how they might be met.
  • To look at recent research 'Reaching Safe Places' and reflect on finding.
  • The work of Missing Peoples Charity National helpline and how 22 uk Police Forces use the COMPACT missing person system.

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Wednesday 25th February 2015

A full agenda can be downloaded at the bottom of the event page.

10:00Registration, Tea & Coffee.
10:30Introduction and Housekeeping
10:45Jan Norton –Consultant and Trainer: Are missing children missing from local safeguarding priorities?
11:15Q & A
11:30Jane Thompson & Sarah Lanchin–UK Research & Policy Officer –The Railway Children: ‘Reaching safe places’
12:15Networking Lunch
13:00Karen Robinson Head of Partnerships and Development Missing People ‘Offering a lifeline'
14:00Phil Shakesheff Deputy Chair of COMPACT user group
14:45Coffee Break
15:00Jan Norton - Table Top exercise ‘Gap Analysis and Pathways’
15:45AOB Evaluation

Speakers and Facilitators

Jan Norton

Jan is an experienced Consultant and trainer who has recently carried out a local authority review of the safeguarding response to children and young people missing from home and care. She has also worked in a different borough on sexual exploitation. She is happy to share the generic learning from both boroughs. When children and young people go missing, they may be at increased risk of being sexually exploited. However, this is not the only risk they face. Jan believes that there is more which could be done to prevent sexual exploitation and provide early help through a robust local authority led and multi-agency response to children and young people who go missing.

Jane Thompson

Jane has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, as a frontline worker, manager and policy advisor. Most recently she has specialised in work on youth homelessness and young people who run away or go missing. Jane is currently UK Research and Policy Officer with Railway Children, a charity that works with children and young people at risk on the streets.

Karen Robinson

Karen has worked for Missing People since May 2011 and has oversight of the charity’s partnerships with key stakeholders such as police, social services and other NGO’s both in the UK and internationally. Karen also leads on business development, growing the charity’s range of services to better meet the needs of missing people and their families.

Following her studies in Criminology Karen’s career includes working in prisons and police stations in various roles. Karen then focussed on youth work and spent several years working with pupils at risk of exclusion and young people in residential care. Most notably, Karen led the pilot year of the innovative Young Runaways Mentoring Service for Catch22 in East Sussex before joining Missing People.

Her achievements to date include project managing the charity’s move to a single helpline number (116000) for families, missing adults and missing children. Karen has developed the charity’s relationships with police forces all over the UK and contributed to the development of policy and practice in several fields related to missing children and adults. Most recently, Karen was a key member of the project team working to develop the charity’s role in supporting Child Rescue Alert and sits on various advisory boards for local and national organisations with a role in missing person investigations.

Phil Shakesheff

Phil is a recently retired Police Inspector from West Mercia Police who had the lead for missing persons and is still active as the deputy chair of a forum of 22 UK Police Forces who use “COMPACT” to record and investigate its missing person’s reports. Phil devised the award winning “Textsafe scheme” in collaboration with the charity Missing People and in 2012 was awarded the QPM for his work with safeguarding vulnerable missing people.


NWG Network Headquarters

Suite 18, Parker House, Mansfield Road, Derby, DE21 4SZ

Free on street parking adjacent to Parker House. Derby Train Station 2 miles away. The offices are not step free.

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