UK: New pilot to help find ‘missing’ children could also help tackle human trafficking, Bradford councillors told

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NEW efforts to track children reported as “missing from school” could also help prevent child-trafficking and benefit fraud, councillors have been told.

In January, Bradford Council will be part of a pilot scheme with HMRC which involves the authority sharing information about children who are not attending school if officers are unable to locate them.

The council has a responsibility to make sure all children receive a suitable education, and at a meeting of its Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee tonight councillors discussed what was being done to try and find these children.