Missing Child Policy

If a child for whom Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club has responsibility, goes missing, the following actions will be taken. 

Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club will:

  • Ensure that other children in their care are looked after appropriately while a seasrch for the missing child is organised.
  • 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.  Assurance should be given that the club is doing all it can to locate their child.  (This action is very important as the child may contact his/her parents.)
  • Organise all available responsible adults by areas to be searched and ensure all places are searched fully.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that the nominated person will 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 when and where they were last seen. 
  • The police are contacted if the search is unsuccessful and in any case no later than 20 minutes after the child’s disappearance is noted, even if the search is not complete.
  • That further action recommended by the police before they get involved is carried out.
  • Will be guided by the police, if they act upon the concern, in any further actions to take.
  • Ensure that at any stage when the child is located, all adults involved are informed including the parents, searchers and the police, if by then they are involved.
  • That all missing child incidents WILL 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.