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Children in Care: Missing Persons

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of each (a) sex, (b) age group and (c) ethnic group were reported missing from local authority care in the last 12 months. (273287)

[holding answer 7 May 2009]: The information is shown in the following table.

Children looked after during the year ending 31 March who went missing from their placements by gender, age at 31 March, and ethnic origin1,2,3,4—Years ending 31 March 2008; Coverage: England

All children looked after who went missing from care (number)

Gender

980

Male

510

Female

470

Age at 31 March (years)

980

Under 1

1 to 4

10

5 to 9

10

10 to 15

440

16 and over

520

Ethnic origin

980

White

White British

640

White Irish

10

Any other White background

40

Mixed

White and Black Caribbean

40

White and Black African

10

White and Asian

10

Any other mixed background

30

Asian or Asian British

Indian

10

Pakistani

10

Bangladeshi

0

Any other Asian background

40

Black or Black British

Caribbean

40

African

40

Any other Black background

20

Other ethnic groups

Chinese

20

Any other ethnic group

40

1 Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements.

2 Children who went missing on more than one occasion during the year have been counted once.

3 Includes looked after children who were missing from care for a period of more than 24 hours.

4 National figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers of five or less have been suppressed and replaced with a hyphen (—) except where the number is zero.

Source:

SSDA 903