PAPERS containing sensitive information about schoolchildren in Hyndburn were sent to a private address in an astonishing council blunder.
The 17-page document landed on the doormat of astonished Gareth Atkin this week.
It lists all Year 9 pupils in Hyndburn and other areas of East Lancashire who have special educational needs, giving the schools they attend and their full addresses.
Mr Atkin said: "I hate to think what would have happened if this had fallen into the hands of a paedophile. These kids will be 13 or 14 and would be easy to trace."
The 27-year-old unemployed man, who lives in St James House, St James Street, Accrington, added: "People sending out information like this should make sure they send it to the right place.
"I live in a block of flats, there are no businesses here. Surely someone should have known that. It is a disgrace and something needs to be done about it."
It has emerged that the document was intended for Connexions, a service which supports young people up to 25.
It formerly had premises in St James Street but moved to its current headquarters in Abbey Street around three years ago.
The document was incorrectly addressed by Lancashire County Council's Education and Cultural Services Directorate.
Mr Andrew Bateman, headteacher at Accrington's Moorhead High School, told the Observer: "I am very concerned if sensitive details end up with a third party, although I do not know how this has happened.
"I hope whoever sends out such details reviews their databases to make sure this sort of thing can't happen."
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "We have investigated this incident and found that the previous address for Connexions was used in error.
"Steps have now been taken to ensure that this does not happen again."