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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
  Disengagement from education
  Child sexual exploitation
  Poor physical and/or mental health

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