Missing Child Guidelines
The following guidelines have been written by the ECB to help ease what can be a traumatic event. Please study the following recommendations and be aware of your responsibilities should a child go missing while in your care.
ECB Missing Children Guidelines
If a child for whom your club has responsibility goes missing, the following guidelines have been devised to clarify actions that should be taken.
• Ensure the other children in your care are looked after appropriately while you organise a search for the child concerned.
• Inform the child’s parents if they are present at the event, or nominate an appropriate person to telephone them and advise
them of the concern. Reassure them you are doing all you can to locate their child. Remember that the child may contact the
parents directly so this is very important.
• Organise all available responsible adults by areas to be searched. It is best to take a short time to organise the search
properly so that all places are searched fully.
• Search the area in which the child has gone missing including changing rooms, toilets, public and private areas and the
• Request all those searching report back to a nominated adult at a specific point.
• This nominated person should remain at this specific reference point and must be making a note of the events, including
detailing a physical description of the child including approx. height, build, hair and eye colour as well as clothing the child
was wearing and where / when they were last seen, as this will be required by the police. If the search is unsuccessful you
should then report the concern to the police
• A report should go to the police no later than 20 minutes after the child’s disappearance is noted, even if the search
is not complete.
• If the police recommend further action before they get involved, follow their guidance.
• If the police act upon the concern always be guided by them in any further actions to take.
• At any stage when the child is located, ensure you inform all adults involved including the parents, searchers and
police if they are by then involved.
• All missing child incidents MUST BE notified at the very earliest opportunity to the Club WO, who must immediately notify the County WO,