POLICY FOR MISSING CHILDREN
A child going missing is an extremely traumatic experience – for adults and children. However, if everyone is aware of some simple pre-defined guidelines, panic levels can be minimised, and more critically, the missing child can, hopefully, be found in an organised and efficient way. Hopefully no child will ever go missing from any of LTCC’s teams but if they do it is important to remember that most children are found within a few minutes of their disappearance.
Loughborough Town Cricket Club will follow the ECB guidelines as set out below.
If a child, for whom LTCC Cricket Club (“the club”) has responsibility, goes missing, the following actions will be taken:
- All other children in the club’s care will be looked after appropriately whilst a search for the child concerned is organised.
- The child’s parents/carers will be advised of the concern, either face to face if they are present at the event or by telephone by an appropriate person to. It is important to reassure the child’s parents/carers that the club is doing all we can to locate their child. Remember the child may contact the parents directly so this action is very important.
- Areas to be searched by all available responsible adults will be organised. This will take a short time to organise to ensure that all places are searched fully.
- Searchers will be sent immediately to all exits of the venue to ensure that the child has not left, and also to any obvious potential danger spots such as nearby lakes or rivers.
- The area around which the child has gone missing including changing rooms, toilets, public and private areas and the club’s grounds will be searched thoroughly.
- All those searching will be requested to report back to a nominated adult at a specific point.
- This nominated person will remain at this reference point and make a note of events, including a detailed physical description of the child. This should include approximate height, build, hair and eye colour as well as the clothing the child was wearing and where and when they were last seen. All this will be required by the police. If the search is unsuccessful you should then contact the police.
- The Police should be notified no later than 20 minutes after the child’s disappearance is noted, even if the search is not complete.
- Any further action recommended by the police prior to their involvement should be followed – 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 the police if, by then, they are involved.
- All missing child incidents MUST BE notified at the very earliest opportunity to the Club Welfare Officer, who must immediately notify the County Welfare Officer, and they must then notify the ECB Safeguarding Team.