North East council care homes: Hundreds of children go missing
An average of more than 100 children go missing from council-run care in the North East every year, a BBC investigation has discovered.
Figures from 11 local authorities showed at least 596 youngsters disappeared in the five years up to April this year.
Sunderland City Council had the highest number with 118.
Together for Children, which runs its care services, said it treated incidents "extremely seriously".
Newcastle City Council recorded the second-highest number of missing youngsters across the five years at 110, followed by Durham County Council with 100.
One child in the region was recorded as missing for 30 days, while the youngest to disappear was a 10-year-old.