Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

Official Statistics - CLA who were missing from placement - NATIONAL

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Note: These statistics are published as Official Statistics. Users should be cautious making comparisons between local authorities, or across years due to changing reporting practices - see the methodology document for further information.

Children looked after who were missing. Figures by duration of missing periods, placement from which the child went missing and age of child at start of missing incident. 

Data formerly in table G1.


Data set details

Theme
Children's social care
Publication
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
National
Indicators
  • Measure
Filters
  • Children looked after who were missing from placement
Time period
2018 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_namemissing_statuscharacteristicnumber
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge of child missing from placement1 to 4 years40
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge of child missing from placement10 to 15 years33490
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge of child missing from placement16 years and over36410
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge of child missing from placement5 to 9 years190
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge of child missing from placementTotal incidents70170

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 2 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicChildren looked after who were missing from placement - by missing status
numberMeasure

Footnotes

  1. Missing is defined as a looked after child who is not at their placement or a place they are expected to be and their whereabouts is not known.
  2. Figures for 2021 exclude data for Hackney who were unable to provide figures.
  3. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures exclude children looked after under a series of short-term placements. Historical data may differ from older publications which is mainly due to amendments made by local authorities after the previous publication.
  4. Since 2017 a growing number of local authorities informed the department that they do not record incidents as 'away without authorisation' but instead report all incidents as 'missing' to maintain consistency with local police reporting. We estimate this could mean an overestimate of missing incidents of up to 8% in 2018, 10% in 2019, 13% in 2020 and 2021 and 10% in 2022; suggesting the true figures could be more like 10,700, 10,800, 11,000, 9,600 and 11,100. There is a corresponding estimate of an undercount of away without authorisation incidents of up to 18% in 2018, 22% in 2019, 29% in 2020, 32% in 2021 and 30% in 2022; suggesting the true figures could be more like 4,700, 4,700, 4,800, 3,800 and 3,600. However some of these local authorities submitted some 'away without authorisation' information and this has been included in the away from placement without authorisation table.

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