The aims of this research is to provide an estimate of the amount of young children in South Yorkshire under the age of 16 who run away, to gather their experiences and those of professionals who work with young people, and to facilitate a process of discussion within and between groups of key stateholders in South Yorkshire.

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Emilie Smeaton and Gwyther Rees
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