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More ‘looked after’ children going missing in Lewisham. 6 August 2015

Posted by margotwilson in Uncategorized.
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Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for London, recently reported on the numbers of children going missing from care. By using the Freedom of Information Act, she was able to discover that, in Lewisham from 2013-2014 the number of children  gong missing from care increased by 164% from 28 to 74.

Numbers of children going missing from placements within the borough had gone from 11 in 2013 to 36 in 2014.  The number of children going missing from placements outside the borough had gone from 17 in 2013 to 38 in 2014. The number still missing was not disclosed.

Her report recommends

  • the setting up of a Mayoral Task Force for vulnerable children who go missing,
  • more transparency and consistency in the collection of data
  • and training for councillors on this issue .

“A looked after child is already a vulnerable child” Caroline told the News Shopper, “If they go missing for 24 hours or more they are immediately at serious risk, such as being drawn into criminal activity or becoming a victim of sexual abuse. There are a number of criminal syndicates which target girls and boys for sexual abuse, often targeting runaway children.

“While I recognise Lewisham Council are at least being open about how serious the situation is, it is now time they acted and turned this situation around.”

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