Medway return home interviews | Missing children | Medway Council

Medway return home interviews

We work in partnership with the Police to ensure the safety of children in Medway, with emphasis on children and young people who are reported as missing.

What is a return home interview

Once a missing child returns, arrangements are made to speak to the child or young person to:

  • find out why they went missing
  • offer them support to prevent them going missing in the future.

This is known as a return home interview. 

What happens after a return home interview

Once a return home interview has been done, schools are advised if a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is appropriate or if an in-school referral is needed. The referral may be for:

The school, family or appropriate agency is then told if a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) or Care and Duty Service (CADS) is needed.

The parents or child can also be signposted to other local services, such as:

  • Open Road: young person’s drug and alcohol service
  • The Onside Project: confidential emotional support for young people aged 11 to 16 in Medway

Information is shared with other agencies under the relevant information-sharing protocol.

The work we do with children and young people who are not known to social care has meant that we can offer support before matters deteriorate.