Ruislip Cricket Club - Missing Child Policy


Ruislip Cricket Club Missing Child Policy

ECB Missing Children Guidelines

If a child, for whom your club has responsibility, goes missing, the following guidelines have been devised to clarify the actions to take:

• Ensure other children in your care are looked after appropriately while you

organise a search for the child concerned


• Inform the child’s parents, if they are present at the event, or nominate an

appropriate person to telephone them and advise of the concern. Reassure them

you are doing all you can to locate their child. Remember the child may contact

the parents directly so this action is very important


• Organise all available responsible adults by areas to be searched. It is best to

take a short time to organise the search properly so that all places are searched



• Send searchers immediately to any exits to the venue to ensure the child has not

left, and to any obvious potential danger spots such as nearby lakes or rivers.


• Search the area in which the child has gone missing including changing rooms,

toilets, public and private areas and the club’s grounds


• Request all those searching to report back to a nominated adult at a specific point


• This nominated person should remain at this reference point and make a note

of events, including a detailed physical description of the child. This should include

approximate height, build, hair and eye colour as well as the clothing the child

was wearing and where and when they were last seen. All this will be required by

the police. If the search is unsuccessful you should then contact the police


• A report should go to the police no later than 20 minutes after the child’s

disappearance is noted, even if the search is not complete


• If the police recommend further action before they get involved, follow their



• If the police act upon the concern, always be guided by them in any further actions

to take.


• At any stage when the child is located, ensure you inform all adults involved

including the parents, searchers and the police if, by then, they are involved


• All missing child incidents MUST BE notified at the very earliest opportunity

to the Club Welfare Officer, who must immediately notify the County Welfare

Officer, and they must then notify the ECB Safeguarding Team