WEST MIDLANDS POLICE Reporting a Pupil Absent / Missing


 ‘Anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established and where the circumstances are out of character or the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or at risk of harm to themselves or another’.


 A person not at a place where they are expected or required to be and there is no apparent risk’.

WMP CONTACT CENTRE 12 QUESTIONS (101) - To download a printable copy of these questions click here

Q1. Is this significantly out of character; have they done this before? If yes, when was the last time?

Q2. Have you been in contact with this person, do you know their whereabouts and is there a time you expect them to return?

Q3. Do you know their intended actions when last seen and have you done anything to locate them?

Q4. Do you know who are they with?

Q5. Is this person a danger to themselves or others?

Q6. Does this person have any specific medical needs; do you have a list of their medication? Is there a care plan in place?

Q7. Is this person likely to self-harm or attempt suicide?


Q8. Is this person likely to be subjected to harm or a crime?

Q9. Is this person a victim of abuse and/or at risk of sexual exploitation?

Q10. Is this person being looked after or supported by any Children’s or Adult Services?

Q11. Prior to this report was the person displaying any behaviours or actions you consider out of the ordinary or cause for concern? E.g. Increased use of technology, unexplained gifts/money.

Q12. Are there any other specific concerns or can you offer any other significant information at all?


High Risk

The risk posed is immediate and there are substantial grounds for believing that the subject is in danger through their own vulnerability; or may have been the victim of a serious crime; or the risk posed is immediate and there are substantial grounds for believing the public is in danger

Medium Risk

The risk posed is likely to place the subject in danger, or they are a threat to themselves or others.

Low Risk

There is no apparent risk of danger to either the subject or the public.


Police & Schools Panels have developed a process of sharing information regarding missing person reports in order to flag up students to schools who may have emerging issues at home, and are potentially vulnerable to involvement in crime and ASB as a victim/offender. If receiving notification of a missing person, schools may wish to consider whether these young people should be screened using the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) screening tool.

CSE Screening Tool - to download a copy click here

CSE Risk Assessment Tool - to download a copy click here

To view the BSCB practice guidance on dealing with CSE click here