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Police forces in England and Wales are to stop sending officers to every report of a missing person, to focus only on people whose disappearance is out of character or thought to be at risk. But David Tucker, from the NSPCC, said the charity fears the new definitions could put children at risk:
Figures from the pilot showed that under the new system around a third of missing people cases are likely to be classed as "absent", and therefore officers will not attend. In one force 31% of cases were classified as absent, and in another 39%.
Police forces across the country will change the way that they deal with missing people and stop officers getting called out to around a third of missing people cases.
The aim is to free up officers' time and to improve the way forces deal with children who repeatedly go missing from care, and might fall prey to sexual abuse.
Under the plans, call handlers will class missing persons cases as either "absent", when a person simply does not arrive where they are expected to be, or "missing", where there is a specific reason for concern.