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At least 16 separated children still missing from Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Health Minister's response to a written question by Lord Morrow suggests that between 16 and 20 unaccompanied minors who went missing in the last ten years are still unaccounted for.

See question AQW 466/16-21 on Northern Ireland Assembly website.

The response suggests that:

  • 67 separated children are known to have come to Northern Ireland since 2006
  • 22 of them went missing
  • of those, between 16 and 20 are still missing

Earlier in June, a BBC Spotlight programme had uncovered that 8 children who had disappeared while in the care of the trust are still missing.

Law Centre (NI) believes that a guardianship system for all unaccompanied minors could help prevent further disappearances. This measure is provided for in Northern Ireland's Human Trafficking Act 2015 but has not yet been implemented.



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