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Further evidence on the extent and time course of repeat missing incidents involving children: A research note

Galiano López, C; Hunter, J; Davies, T; Sidebottom, A; (2021) Further evidence on the extent and time course of repeat missing incidents involving children: A research note. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles 10.1177/0032258x211052900. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This study examines the extent and time course of repeat missing incidents involving children. Using data from one UK police force (n = 2,251), we find (1) that the majority (65%) of missing incidents are repeats, (2) that a small group of repeatedly missing children (n = 43; 6%) account for a sizable proportion of all missing incidents (n=739, 33%) and (3) that the likelihood of a child going missing repeatedly is elevated in the weeks immediately following a previous missing incident. The implications of our findings for future research and for the prevention of missing incidents are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Further evidence on the extent and time course of repeat missing incidents involving children: A research note
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0032258x211052900
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258x211052900
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: Children, missing, police, repeat
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137238
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