In response to today’s speech by the children’s minister – Edward Timpson MP – on protecting vulnerable children, Ellen Broome, Director of Policy at The Children’s Society, said:
'The speech today by the children’s minister set out the positive steps that the government is taking to help protect some of the most vulnerable children in our country. He recognised the important link between children running away and becoming victims of child sexual exploitation, clearly set out by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) inquiry on children who go missing from care, which we supported in the summer.
'We are delighted that the government has set out its intention to act on some of the key recommendations of this APPG report, including reforming data collection on missing children, reducing the number of children in care placed miles away from home and addressing the quality of care homes.
'We look forward to hearing more details about the government’s plans to protect children who run away. It will be important to make sure that the forthcoming guidance for both local authorities and police forces on runaways sets out detailed safeguards to protect all children who run away from home. No child who runs from home or care should fall through the net.'
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Notes to editors
- The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.