Professionals in Greenwich meet, pledge support for runaways

25 July 2012

The Children’s Society has held a workshop in Greenwich to raise awareness of issues linked to children who run away from home and care in the borough. 

The Greenwich Missing project – which is part of the Children’s Society’s London Youth at Risk programme - works with young people and professionals such as social workers to highlight issues linked to run away children and explores strategies for prevention and support.

The interactive workshop included a talk by Lily Carter, Director of Campaigns and Media at The Children’s Society. Much of the workshop was delivered by 'community trainers', young people and adults who have been trained as part of the London Youth at Risk programme to give workshops and talks about young people who run away and the dangers they face.

Paul Crozier, Programme Manager of The Children's Society's London Hub, said: 'This was a very successful event, where professionals and members of the local community pledged to refine and improve their ways of working or dealing with young runaways. It got participants thinking about and voicing their own ideas, and it was a fantastic opportunity for different members of the community to bring together their own experiences with children and young people.'

During the workshops three community trainers - TJ, James and Darren - performed a short piece depicting a young runaway returning home and the issues he faced. Members of the workshop were then asked to step in and direct a new version of the scene where the young person returning home was made to feel safe. 

The Children’s Society recently published a Runaways Charter and has encouraged local authorities to sign up. The charter was written in collaboration with young runaways and sets out what local councils can do to help them. 

For more information please visit The Children’s Society’s Make Runaways Safe campaign website.

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Notes to editors

  • The workshop took place on Thursday 19 July.
  • More than 100,000 children and young people run away each year – that is one every five minutes. Children run away from home for many reasons. Most of the time, it is because they do not feel safe in the very place they should feel most safe – their home. A quarter of them, the equivalent of 70 each day, are forced out of their homes by their parents or carers.
  • 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. For more information please visit the Make Runaways Safe campaign website.