Children will run away for many reasons, mainly relating to poor family relationships, conflict and abuse in the home. This debate calls on the government to provide a national safety net for both young runaways and children who are sexually exploited by supporting and improving the development of services for young runaways.

Month of publication 
June
Year of publication 
2011
Number of pages 
5
Author 
Susie Ramsay
Category 
Parliamentary briefings
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Here to listen?

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

Making runaways safer

Our report details some of the good practices in place around the country. This ranges from North Tyneside’s runaways’ support officer whose job is to improve their data collection and analysis of missing children, to the development of a hub by Derby City Council, where different agencies sit together and assess the risks posed to each child who has run away. We are keen to continue working with local authorities to further improve the support young runaways receive.

Date published 
September 2013
Number of pages 
20