Stepping Up: The Future For Young Runaways

Stepping Up: The Future For Young Runaways

The Stepping Up report builds on existing knowledge about levels of running away. The estimated 100,000 children who run away each year in the UK are, to varying degrees, in need of support and services. Although there is no single profile for a child who runs way, there are common services and approaches that can provide support before, during and after a running away incident. Stepping Up reviews these services and how far the current policy provisions
ensure that every child who runs away is adequately safeguarded.

In 2007, a review of services and responses provided by local authorities and police forces was undertaken. The review consisted of three stages: a set of regional consultations that included social services, police and the voluntary sector and ran as seven road shows in cities across England; a national survey of local authorities and police forces; and finally a national conference to test emerging findings. In all, 32 out of 37 police forces participated in one or more stages of the review and 76 out of 150 local authorities were represented in the review.