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‘Missing From Home’ Partnership Success at Children & Young People Now Awards

A pan Cheshire team including the charity Catch22, Cheshire Police,​ social care teams from Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council, Warrington and Halton Borough Councils, are celebrating after winning the Partnership Working Award at the Children & Young People Now awards in London.

The submission, titled ‘Pan Cheshire Missing From Home Service’ talks of how the charity Catch22 has forged strong and trusting relationships with police and local authorities to identify and support vulnerable children who go missing from home in Cheshire.

In an outstanding example of partnership work, the charity has delivered its ‘Missing from Home’ service in the county since 2012, working closely with children’s social services in four councils and Cheshire Constabulary. Whenever a child goes missing, the service is swiftly alerted by the police so a ‘Missing from Home’ case worker can check up on the young person, find out why they ran away and what happened, and then work with them to help improve their situation and understand the risks.

Workers not only operate within their areas but across local authority boundaries, bringing together partners to ensure young people are known, supported and protected, not just by their home council but other authorities too.

Gill Frame, Chair of the Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Children Board, said: “On behalf of the members of the Safeguarding Children Board I congratulate the team on their success at the recent awards ceremony, that recognised their vitally important work in Cheshire. We know that in Cheshire West and Chester we have a number of Young People who have done direct work with Catch 22 and that following intervention 81% of those young people have not gone missing from home for a subsequent time.”