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Safeguarding children who go missing

Luton expects social workers from the placing authority to complete and maintain a risk assessment and actions to be taken in the event that children placed in Luton are absent of missing.

The social worker should ensure that the placement provider/carer has two recent photographs of the young person (face and full body length) which can be provided to the police should the child subsequently go missing/absent.

Multi-agency safeguarding procedures

Luton’s multi-agency safeguarding procedures for children who are missing from home and care in Bedfordshire can be found here:

Safeguarding Children and Young People who Run Away and go Missing from Home and Care (PDF)

Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police has a dedicated missing persons unit. The unit works from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Telephone: 01234 846972 / 842643 / 842818 / 842642
Email: [email protected]

Safeguarding children who may be at risk of sexual exploitation

Children’s Services Referral and Assessment team

If you have a looked after child placed in Luton and you are having issues with child sexual exploitation in Luton, please contact the Children’s Services Referral and Assessment team duty manager at Luton Borough Council:

Telephone: 01582 547653

Interagency safeguarding procedures

Further information about Luton’s interagency safeguarding procedures against child sexual exploitation can be found here:

Practice Guidance and Risk Assessment Tool to Safeguard Children and Young People who are Sexually Abused through Exploitation (Bedfordshire Local Safeguarding Children Board)

Useful contacts

A list of useful contacts for reporting and responding to sexual exploitation can be found here:

Useful numbers and contacts for reporting sexual exploitation

*Please note: The contact numbers for the Safeguarding Investigation Units and the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit are NOT for referrals around Safeguarding or CSE issues. Any new cases, or advice, should initially go through the PPU Support Team at Greyfriars Police Station – 01234 846960, who will then disseminate accordingly.

Arrangements for managing allegations against professionals and carers

The Luton Interagency Safeguarding Children Procedures should be followed in response to any allegation made by a looked after child against a professional or carer in the Luton area.

Luton Borough Council’s LADO, Paul James, can be contacted for initial consultation/advice on 01582 548069.

Referrals should be made in writing to [email protected]

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