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


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.