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Supervisors and first line managers

Authorised Professional Practice

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Missing persons quick reference guides
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A supervisor should review the report to ensure that the risk assessment is appropriate and that relevant and proportionate action is being taken with robust direction and control. See A model of supervision.

The supervisor’s responsibilities are to:

  • regularly review and confirm the risk assessment
  • manage the investigation
  • ensure appropriate tasks are set, completed and recorded
  • ensure continuity of investigation and contact with person reporting the missing person through effective handover
  • own the investigation plan
  • ensure appropriate resourcing and supervision levels
  • consider the need for a multi-agency response and involve partner organisations

If the missing person is under 18 years of age and potentially at significant risk of harm, consider the use of Child Rescue Alert.

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