The exact number of children running away or going missing is not available, as data collection is patchy and there are huge discrepancies in data. This may be further complicated if the new proposed definitions of 'missing' and 'absent' piloted by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Home Office, are rolled out nationally. This may mean that children not thought to be at risk, including children in care, may be recorded as merely 'absent.' <

Month of publication 
October
Year of publication 
2012
Number of pages 
2
Author 
Ellen Broome, Iryna Pona,
Category 
Parliamentary briefings