Originally posted by RFBurns
Not to sound mean, but have you been living in a cave or out of touch with the real world?
The number given is but a soft figure.
Children have been going missing for ages, not just recently.
Imagine how many went missing over the last 20 years.
Fortunately with programs like Amber Alert that you can get on your cell phones, many of those missing children are being found.
Feel as though I must be in this category - living in a cave, that is, not out of touch as such, but in the course of my work I was shocked to come
across this article, www.cypnow.co.uk...
These figures are all rough, and
they are just talking about England, but on the best figures I've found:
Population of England (2010 estimates, Office of National Statistics) 52,406,000
Elsewhere it says approx 1 in 5 people is a child under 16 (trend is for this proportion to go down a bit)
So approx 10,481,200 children under 16 in England.
Approx 1 in 40 (probably more) can't be found by local authorities after they leave education between 16 and 18. That's 262,030 x 2 for 2 years.
That's 524.060 youngsters can't be found, in England alone.
OK, so someone is going to tell me I could have done the calculation faster.
What is this? Is it:
Local authority databases are terrible (they should be found each year on the Council Tax round, if not elsewhere)
They have gone off from home / care and are on the streets or on friends' floors
Immigration / emigration databases are terrible
Local authorities in different parts of the UK don't share data much
Something has happened to them
All but one of these possibilities has serious consequences.
Then I searched around ATS and found lots of threads about missing youngsters, including this one, though it hasn't been live for a while. Must have
been going round with my head in a bucket up till now. Does anyone know what the answer is? Anyone from a local authority who could enlighten us as
to whether it's just a quirk of statistics / record keeping? If it's not, shouldn't we be going out looking for them?