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Missing person coordinator

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Missing persons quick reference guides
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The role of a missing person coordinator is important for ensuring that forces respond effectively to the challenges of dealing with missing people and are able to undertake preventative actions and relevant safeguarding responsibilities in relation to missing person reports.

The role should be focused on problem solving and responsibilities should include:

  • identification of safeguarding priorities
  • collating and sharing information to aid in the identification of risk (at an individual level and in relation to preventative work)
  • establishing and maintaining multi-agency partnerships
  • promoting multi agency protocols
  • assisting in the independent oversight of cases
  • escalating safety and risk critical information that may be pertinent to the investigation
  • recognising and highlighting trends, repeat missing individuals and regular addresses, to inform a coordinated and intelligence led response from all partner agencies
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