MPs will today launch a Parliamentary inquiry into the record numbers of children who go missing after being ‘farmed out’ to live in children’s homes miles away.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults is concerned that there is growing evidence that a ‘sent away generation’ of vulnerable youngsters are in danger of falling prey to paedophiles and drugs gangs.
One thousand more individual children in out of area placements have gone missing from children’s homes since 2015, according to new Department for Education figures released today by Ann Coffey MP, who will chair the inquiry.
This has more than doubled from 990 in 2015 to 1,990 in 2018 and compares to a 31 per cent increase for children who go missing from children’s homes within their own borough.
As chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, I was invited onto Channel 5 news to talk about people who go missing. (watch below)
The APPG recently held it’s Inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues’ you can read here.
Sadly, there are about 126,000 incidents of adults going missing annually. Up to 600 missing people a year are found dead: the most commonly known cause being suicide. 80 per cent of adults who go missing are experiencing mental health problems and up to one third go missing again.
Going missing should be a ‘red flag moment’ which ought to trigger help, we need better initial risk assessment and long term support for people who are at risk of going missing.