So, with a staggering ineptitude that would make even an England goalkeeper proud, HM Revenue and Customs has lost the records of twenty-five million child benefit claimants. Since the vast majority of my clients and visitors to this blog will have minor children and will be worried about their details falling into the wrong hands, I thought it might be helpful to provide some links to useful information and advice that may help put minds at rest. The BBC has a page of general questions and answers about the matter here, and answers further queries here. The Telegraph gives advice on how to protect your finances here, as does Metro here. As to the possible long-term consequences (even if the data does not fall into the wrong hands), I recommend this article in The Times today.