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Children in Care: Missing Persons

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have gone missing from local authority care in Southampton and the surrounding area in the last 12 months. (255850)

I have been asked to reply.

Information on the number of looked-after-children that have gone missing from Southampton local authority in the year ending 31 March 2008 can be found in table LAB5, taken from the Statistical First Release (SFR 23/2008) entitled ‘Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2008’. This table shows the number of looked-after-children who went missing from local authority care during the years ending 31 March 2006 to 2008.

The SFR is located at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000810/index.shtml

and table LAB5 can be found within the Excel link labelled third set of additional tables.