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Abduction: Children

Question for Home Office

UIN 157366, tabled on 21 April 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of child abductions in the UK in each of the last five years.

Answered on

27 April 2022

The number of offences of child abduction in England and Wales recorded by the police in the previous five years is presented in the table below.

Table 1, Police Recorded Crime, England and Wales

Year

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

January 2021 – September 2021

Number of child abduction offences

1,094

1,189

1,255

1,144

983

768

This is published on the Home Office website at

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of child abduction offences in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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