Revealed: Nearly 70 children go missing from care in Wolverhampton

Nearly 70 children have gone missing from care in Wolverhampton in the past five years, including a one-year-old and a two-year-old.

According to a Freedom of Information request, last year had the highest number of missing children in the city at 26. This included one 10-year-old, two 13-year-olds, three 14-year-olds, 10 15-year-olds, eight 16-year-olds and two 17-year-olds.


“The number of children going missing from care has increased in recent years, partly down to the increasing number of children which have been taken into care in Wolverhampton in the last four years, and also because recording of missing children has improved.”

recording of missing children has improved?

Have to ask how many children went missing before – and no-one ‘recorded’ it

and it’s all about the MONEY

Brand Watch: ChildLine

In the aftermath of the Savile revelations – notwithstanding that NSPCC ‘claims’ never to have had allegations of abusers in Westmonster


The impact was such that people’s desire to donate money to ChildLine decreased. Meanwhile, the public’s willingness to give to the NSPCC showed a slight increase, but remained broadly stable.

A lot of the NSPCC’s activity was related to its Christmas/New Year advertising campaign, focussing on the theme Don’t Wait Until You’re Certain – a curious echo of Esther Rantzen’s reticence to report suspicions about Savile. By contrast, for its festive campaign ChildLine focussed on a different and distinct area – self-harm among children. 

Can someone explain what’s “festive” about children self-harming?

But the Savile scandal also showed ChildLine’s strength as a distinct entity. It is a positive for both brands that people view the two charities as separate organisations.

So that’s all positive then?

And the punchline?

Hopefully, the Savile scandal will prove a watershed in the reporting of child sexual abuse in the UK. Both ChildLine and the NSPCC have prominent, positive and distinct roles to play in making sure it is.

Ambiguous – or in PLAIN SIGHT?