Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

National - Official Statistics - Children looked after who were missing

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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.

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  the number of children with missing incidents of up to 8% in 2018, 10% in 2019 and 13% in 2020; suggesting the true figures could be more like 10,700, 10,800 and 11,000. There is a corresponding estimate of an undercount of the number of children with away without authorisation incidents of up to 18% in 2018, 22% in 2019 and 29% in 2020; suggesting the true figures could be more like 4,700, 4,700 and 4,800. 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.


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
Time period
2018 to 2020

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_namemissing_statuscharacteristicNumber
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren with a missing incident by genderFemales5080
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren with a missing incident by genderMales6440
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren with a missing incident by genderTotal children who had a missing incident during the year11530
2019Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren with a missing incident by genderFemales5270
2019Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren with a missing incident by genderMales6620

Variables in this data set

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

Footnotes

  1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. See the methodology document for further information. 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.
  2. 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 the number of children with missing incidents of up to 8% in 2018, 10% in 2019 and 13% in 2020; suggesting the true figures could be more like 10,700, 10,800 and 11,000. There is a corresponding estimate of an undercount of the number of children with away without authorisation incidents of up to 18% in 2018, 22% in 2019 and 29% in 2020; suggesting the true figures could be more like 4,700, 4,700 and 4,800. 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.
  3. 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.

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