Over 300 children in Cheshire go missing on at least three occasions a year. The Children’s Society through its research has identified the following risk factors that can precede a missing incident:

Arguments and conflicts
Conflict within a Placement
Poor family relationships
Physical and emotional abuse
Boundaries and control
Step parent issues

The immediate risks associated with going missing include:

No means of support or legitimate income – leading to high risk activities
Involvement in criminal activities
Victim of abuse
Victim of crime, for example through sexual assault and exploitation
Alcohol/substance misuse
Deterioration of physical and mental health
Missing out on schooling and education
Increased vulnerability

Longer-term risk include:

Long-term drug dependency / alcohol dependency
Crime
Homelessness
Disengagement from education
Child sexual exploitation
Poor physical and/or mental health

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