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Runaway Children

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports police forces received of children missing from home in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex. (198590)

Statistics on the number, age or gender of children who are reported missing from home are not collected centrally.

The new national Missing Persons Bureau (MPB) was launched by the National Policing Improvement Agency on 1 April 2008 and will be seeking to develop national information to support local police operations. One of the priorities for the MPB is to carry out a strategic assessment on the missing person phenomenon and to produce a "problem profile", thereby establishing a baseline on which to formulate, develop and measure future policy initiatives in close consultation with the missing persons Strategic Oversight Group.