Childhood vulnerability in numbers

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Latest data on the overall levels of vulnerability and need among children and young people in England.

Missing children

A missing child is any child whose whereabouts cannot be established and where the circumstances are out of character or the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or at risk of harm to themselves or another.

30 Statistics


  • Children in care who were away from placement without permission during the year (Age: 0-16+)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were away from placement without permission during the year (Gender: All)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were away from placement without permission during the year (Age: 0-16+, Gender: All)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were away from placement without permission during the year (2017, GOR areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were away from placement without permission during the year (2018, LA areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were away from placement without permission during the year

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were missing on the last day of the year

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were missing on the last day of the year (2017, GOR areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were missing on the last day of the year (2018, LA areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who were missing on the last day of the year

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing during the year (Gender: All)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing during the year

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing during the year (2018, LA areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing during the year (2017, GOR areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing during the year

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing during the year

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing more than once during the year

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing more than once during the year (2017, GOR areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing more than once during the year (2018, LA areas)

    Missing children
  • Children in care who went missing more than once during the year

    Missing children
  • Child in Need episodes with "going/being missing" factor identified at the end of assessment

    Missing children
  • Child in Need episodes with "going/being missing" factor identified at the end of assessment

    Missing children
  • 12,158

    Children absent during the year

    Missing children
  • area value
    Bedfordshire 617
    Cheshire 363
    City of London 0
    Derbyshire 681
    Essex 182
    Gloucestershire 4
    Hampshire 495
    Hertfordshire 130
    Humberside 487
    Lancashire 881
    Leicestershire 166
    Merseyside 587
    Metropolitan Police 1681
    Norfolk 213
    North Yorkshire 379
    Northamptonshire 679
    Nottinghamshire 1336
    South Yorkshire 421
    Staffordshire 351
    Suffolk 86
    Thames Valley 320
    Warwickshire 62
    West Mercia 200
    West Yorkshire 1524
    Wiltshire 313

    Children absent during the year

    Missing children
  • 55,807

    Children reported missing during the year

    Missing children
  • Children reported missing during the year (Gender: All)

    Missing children
  • Children reported missing during the year (Gender: Male)

    Missing children
  • Children reported missing during the year (Gender: Female)

    Missing children
  • Children reported missing during the year (Gender: Trans)

    Missing children
  • area value
    Avon & Somerset 2157
    Bedfordshire 421
    Cambridgeshire 554
    Cheshire 1136
    City of London 14
    Cumbria 896
    Derbyshire 534
    Devon & Cornwall 1364
    Durham 324
    Essex 1399
    Gloucestershire 442
    Greater Manchester 4379
    Hampshire 1879
    Hertfordshire 942
    Humberside 833
    Kent 2474
    Lancashire 1606
    Leicestershire 747
    Lincolnshire 256
    Merseyside 1905
    Metropolitan Police 13116
    Norfolk 552
    North Yorkshire 657
    Northamptonshire 446
    Northumbria 1397
    Nottinghamshire 1023
    South Yorkshire 1773
    Staffordshire 990
    Suffolk 642
    Surrey 604
    Sussex 655
    Thames Valley 3418
    Warwickshire 398
    West Mercia 944
    West Midlands 1850
    West Yorkshire 2657
    Wiltshire 423

    Children reported missing during the year

    Missing children

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  • Children excluded from school

    Children who are permanently excluded from school (2016, GOR areas)
    +11 Other statistics View data
  • Children in alternative education

    40,694
    Children in local authority alternative provision or pupil referral units (2019)
    +22 Other statistics View data
  • Children in prison

    26,681
    Youth cautions or court sentences given to children, year ending 31 March (2018, Gender: All, Area: England and Wales, Country areas)
    +117 Other statistics View data
  • Children involved in gangs

    29,000
    Children aged between 10 and 17 who are members of a street gang (2018)
    +10 Other statistics View data
  • Children missing from mainstream education

    49,187
    Children reported as missing education during the year
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Children not in education, employment or training

    Young people not in education, employment or training - quarterly
    +8 Other statistics View data
  • Children who are bullied

    805,738
    Children who have been bullied in the last 12 months (aged 12 -17)
    +1 Other statistic View data