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Evaluation of the pilot National Partnership Agreement for Looked After Children who go missing from Residential and Foster Care in Scotland

Authors: Leanne McIver and Vicki Welch

Looked After Children who go missing from Residential and Foster Care in Scotland is a Partnership Agreement between Police Scotland and local authority partners. It aims to promote a co-ordinated and consistent multi-agency response for these young people, based on the principles of ‘Getting it right for every child’. The Agreement aligns with the National Missing Persons Framework for Scotland, particularly in relation to local planning, partnership working, and appropriate follow-up discussions and support for those who have been reported missing. It forms part of a range of related policies and measures in the broader context around care experienced young people, including those aimed at addressing child sexual exploitation (CSE), and reducing unnecessary contact with the police.

The Agreement was piloted in three local authorities: City of Edinburgh, Dundee City and South Lanarkshire. The formal pilot period took place between 1 December 2015 and 30 November 2016, and all three local authority areas have subsequently continued to use the approach described in the Partnership Agreement.