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Missing children

Information for parents and carers

Children who go missing are at increased risk of being drawn into gangs, crime and being sexually exploited. Children go missing for a number of reasons; some will be running away from something, known as push factors; others will be running to something, known as pull factors. The majority of young people who go missing are teenagers, which can be a confusing and challenging time for many young people, their parents and professionals working with them. This GSCB Fact Sheet contains information to support parents and carers to help them reduce the risk of harm around missing.