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Children: Human Trafficking

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children recovered from trafficking activities who have subsequently gone missing from local authority care in the last 12 months. (273058)

Although information is collected centrally about the number of children who go missing from their care placement, it is not possible to derive data from these statistics about the number who may have been trafficked before coming into care.

The information collected for 2007-08 can be found in Table LAB5 on the weblink as follows:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000810/FinalDecemberTables.xls

Local authorities have a range of duties to support looked after children to ensure that their needs are met including that they are effectively safeguarded. The care plan of looked after children known to have been previously trafficked should include how to minimise the risk of traffickers being able to re-involve a child in exploitative activities and contingency procedures to be followed if the young person goes missing from care.