Following a Freedom of Information Request issued by ECPAT UK with the assistance of Article 39 and the Helen Bamber Foundation, we have obtained data regarding the total number of unaccompanied children who have gone missing from Home Office hotels between 1st June of 2021 until 31st March 2022 when unlawfully accommodated outside of the child welfare system.

'Outside the frame' examines this serious child protection emergency and recommends that the Department for Education supports local authorities to fulfil their statutory safeguarding, child protection and care duties towards all children in their area.

CLICK HERE TO READ Outside the frame: Unaccompanied children denied care and protection