Statistics on the numbers of all children who are reported as missing are not collected centrally. The Children's Society estimates that each year in the UK 100,000 children run away or are forced to leave home to escape problems.
A new national indicator on young people who have run away from their homes or care overnight is included in the national indicators that will underpin the new performance framework for local authorities. This was published on
We are considering a number of different options to gather data on children and young people who run away in connection with the new indicator, working closely with the Home Office, the police, local authorities and other relevant agencies.
The Home Office has been working with the Association of Chief Police Officers and Missing People (the former National Missing Persons Helpline) to establish joint working arrangements to improve the recording, sharing and exchange of information, to improve the way in which missing persons are dealt with, and to inform our understanding of the problem in order to develop strategies to address it. Part of this work includes establishment of a comprehensive national police database of missing and unidentified people reported either to the police or Missing People, which the National Policing Improvement Agency is taking forward.