Waltham Forest has one of the highest numbers of children currently mising from care according to a report by the London Assembly Liberal Democrat Group

Report reveals 'scandal' of children missing from care

There are currently five children missing from the care of Waltham Forest Council

Caroline Pidgeon

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Waltham Forest has one of the highest number of children officially missing from care in London.

A report released by Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly shows there are currently five children who cannot be accounted for after being placed in the care of the council.

At present, Waltham Forest and Newham have the joint highest number of missing young people, although figures were not provided for every borough.

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Police and Crime Spokeswoman described the figures as a scandal.

“The widespread failure to keep some of the most vulnerable children in our society safe while they are in the legal care of a local authority is nothing short of a disgrace,” She said.

“The facts are quite simple. A local authority looked after child who goes missing for 24 hours or more is at serious risk, including at risk of physical abuse.”

The report, entitled Looked After Children: Missing From Care, also revealed the council does not hold records for children missing before 2010.

Also data held for the number of missing children between 2010 and 2013 was “not in a systematic form” and therefore could not be used in the report.

Ms Pigeon criticised the borough and others for "losing" children.

She said: "The results, obtained by freedom of information requests submitted to 32 London Boroughs sadly speak for themselves, revealing that a serious problem exists in every part of London. Whether it is the high number of recorded missing children from so many boroughs, or the failure of some London Boroughs to even have accessible data on record relating to the children they are legally responsible for in terms of care and protection.

"I hope this report plays a role in pushing these issues up the agenda and leads to real action to address the scourge of the serious neglect facing so many of London’s most vulnerable children.”

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9:53am Mon 14 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Yet again, another instance of incompetence from the Labour run shambles.

Where is Stella Creasey ? What does she have to say or is she still concerned with Twitter?
Yet again, another instance of incompetence from the Labour run shambles. Where is Stella Creasey ? What does she have to say or is she still concerned with Twitter? Villagecranberry
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10:00am Mon 14 Apr 14

faro0485 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Yet again, another instance of incompetence from the Labour run shambles.

Where is Stella Creasey ? What does she have to say or is she still concerned with Twitter?
Incompetence?? The major worry in my mind is is if these kids haven't gone missing into the hands of paedos and sex slave traffickers
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Yet again, another instance of incompetence from the Labour run shambles. Where is Stella Creasey ? What does she have to say or is she still concerned with Twitter?[/p][/quote]Incompetence?? The major worry in my mind is is if these kids haven't gone missing into the hands of paedos and sex slave traffickers faro0485
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10:02am Mon 14 Apr 14

faro0485 says...

Have*
Have* faro0485
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10:05am Mon 14 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

faro0485 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Yet again, another instance of incompetence from the Labour run shambles.

Where is Stella Creasey ? What does she have to say or is she still concerned with Twitter?
Incompetence?? The major worry in my mind is is if these kids haven't gone missing into the hands of paedos and sex slave traffickers
Yes and who fault? The council.

They are legally responsible but completely incompetent in Waltham Forest.

As for the likes of Margaret Hodge who as leader of children's services, her track record was scandalous and it was a National embarrassment at the time.

Labour in Waltham Forest have a history of failing children especially social services. Schooling in the borough has always been a disaster also in recent years also. Pure incompetence.
[quote][p][bold]faro0485[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Yet again, another instance of incompetence from the Labour run shambles. Where is Stella Creasey ? What does she have to say or is she still concerned with Twitter?[/p][/quote]Incompetence?? The major worry in my mind is is if these kids haven't gone missing into the hands of paedos and sex slave traffickers[/p][/quote]Yes and who fault? The council. They are legally responsible but completely incompetent in Waltham Forest. As for the likes of Margaret Hodge who as leader of children's services, her track record was scandalous and it was a National embarrassment at the time. Labour in Waltham Forest have a history of failing children especially social services. Schooling in the borough has always been a disaster also in recent years also. Pure incompetence. Villagecranberry
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12:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

mdj says...

It's curious, I don't recall reading about this in Waltham Forest News; nor that this Borough has the lowest GCSE and Key Stage 2 results in London.

Perhaps Cllr Clare Coghill can explain these matters to us when she unveils the foundation stone at the new Willowfield School in a few days time.
It's curious, I don't recall reading about this in Waltham Forest News; nor that this Borough has the lowest GCSE and Key Stage 2 results in London. Perhaps Cllr Clare Coghill can explain these matters to us when she unveils the foundation stone at the new Willowfield School in a few days time. mdj
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2:12pm Mon 14 Apr 14

myopinioncounts says...

No doubt the missing children are teenagers who have been allowed more freedom than they should have, given that they were in care and already "vulnerable".
No doubt the missing children are teenagers who have been allowed more freedom than they should have, given that they were in care and already "vulnerable". myopinioncounts
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