This Inquiry will contribute to the developing body of knowledge regarding the needs and experiences of children who go missing, or run away, from care, and that it will highlight the complex and differential vulnerabilities of this group.

Month of publication 
January
Year of publication 
2012
Number of pages 
43
Author 
The Children's Commission
Category 
Parliamentary briefings
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Most children who run away from home do so because of neglect, abuse, family conflict or drug and alcohol misuse. Return Interviews help address problems that caused a child to go missing, reduce further instances of running and find out if a child came to harm. Return interviews are also a vital tool in disrupting abuse and sexual exploitation and providing evidence for prosecutions of the perpetrators.

Date published 
August 2013
Number of pages 
25