Missing Persons

Home Department written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) children under 18 and (b) adults who went missing in the UK last year.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Missing persons figures are supplied by police forces and collated by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). SOCA records these data on missing persons by financial year.

In the year 2010-11, 327,000 incidents of missing persons were recorded. Individuals may be reported missing more than once, however not all police forces supply this information on repeat missing persons. Therefore, based on the percentage of cases known to relate to repeat missing persons, SOCA estimates that these incidents related to approximately 216,000 individuals.

Not all police forces provide the age of missing persons. Based on data that are collected from police forces SOCA estimates that two-thirds (66%) of missing persons incidents relate to children under the age of 18.

The data for 2011-12 have not been published to date.

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