In all missing persons cases it is advised that you first try to establish contact with the person and ascertain where they are and actively look for them. If you continue to be concerned that they are missing contact the police and file a missing person’s report, listen to the police advice given and act accordingly. If you wish to report a missing person to the police call 101.
Information for professionals in relation to a child missing from home, care or school can be found on the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding website which has guidance for you to follow in the document Children-Missing-from-Home-Care-and-School-Multi-Agency-Protocol
When to report a missing person
Every situation is different and there are no set rules about when someone should be considered missing. If in doubt about whether to formally report a missing person contact the police who will discuss this with the parents, carers or concerned adults and advise about what to do.
The police are frequent partners of the council in managing ‘missing’ episodes and it is, therefore, important that staff in both agencies work together.