Missing Children - Return Interview Volunteer - Hart & Rushmoor

When a Hampshire child or young person goes missing from their care home or foster home, Children's Services will, upon their return, offer them an interview. Guidance states this interview should be done by an independent person (not a social worker or other professional already involved with the child).

Could you train to become a volunteer interviewer?

Following full training and with ongoing support volunteers will contact and arrange interviews with children and young people who return from being missing within 72 hours of their return. Interviews may take place at the child's foster care address, residential care setting or other agreed local venue.

Return interviews are an important part of safeguarding and can help to put things in place to make sure children do not go missing in the future.

A volunteer coordinator who works to support local volunteers will liaise with volunteers to make arrangements for the return interview to take place.

The Volunteer will:

Receive the details from the volunteer coordinator about the return interview

Contact the child/family to make arrangements for the interview.

Meet the child/young person to conduct the interview and complete the standard form.

Agree any follow on actions with the child/young person/family/carer.

Feedback and return the completed interview form to the volunteer coordinator.

Some children who go missing will be placed outside of Hampshire, if volunteers are willing and able they will conduct return interviews for these children. All expenses will be paid.

Because these are one off pieces of work, the time commitment for this opportunity is flexible volunteers can opt to give a couple of hours as and when, or a fuller commitment.


Listening and communication, Interpersonal skills, Office IT.

Roles are based across the Hart & Rushmoor area therefore access to own transport is desirable.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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