·Ensure the other children in your care are looked after appropriately while you organise a search for the missing child.
·Inform the child’s parents if they are present at the event or nominate an appropriate person to telephone them. Reassure them that you are doing all you can to locate their child. The child may contact their parent direct so parental contact is very important.
Organise all available adults by areas to be searched. Take time to organise the search so that all places are fully searched.
·Search the area where the child went missing, including changing rooms, toilets and the Club grounds.
Request all those searching report back to a nominated adult at a specific point.
The nominated adult should remain at a specific point and must make notes of the events, including physical description of the child including approximate height and build as well as the clothing the child was wearing and when/where last seen as this will be required by the police. If the search is unsuccessful the matter must then be reported to the police.
·A report of the disappearance should be made to the police no longer than 20 minutes after the disappearance is first noted.
·If the police recommend any further action before their involvement, follow their guidance.
·At any stage when the child is located inform all adults involved including the parents, searchers and police if they are involved at this stage.
·All missing child incidents must be notified at the earliest opportunity to the Academy Welfare Officer, P Mckiernan 07969 010066, who must immediately notify the Club Welfare Officer who will then inform the Child Protection Team.