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The consultation ran from 15 July 2013 to 17 September 2013 and attracted many useful responses (74 in total) from local authorities, police forces, and organisations that promote the interests of children and others.
This document summarises the main issues raised and a description of how these issues have been addressed in the guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care, published on 17 January 2014.
The current statutory guidance on children who run away and go missing from home or care was published in July 2009. The guidance needs to be updated to reflect: widespread concerns about children in care being sexually exploited; changes in policy, such as the requirement of national indicator 71 which no longer applies; and recent changes in statutory guidance (Care planning and Working Together).
The government has therefore decided to produce a new version of the statutory guidance on children who run away and go missing from home or care to reflect these changes. The guidance will also include flow charts to make clearer the actions required of local agencies and carers when a child goes missing from home or care.
This consultation seeks the views of local authorities, representative bodies and other interested parties on the content of the guidance and flow charts.