runaways

Report of a study investigating the problem of young people under 16 who run away or are forced to leave home. The methodology is described and conclusions discussed.

This report deals with the concept of 'refuge' for children under the age of sixteen who are away from home or care, as established under section 51 of the Children's Act 1989 and section 38 of The Children's (Scotland) Act 1995. It discusses the factors affecting its provision in the UK and goes on to detail a series of pilot programmes, run between 2004-2006. These were funded by the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills, aimed to extend the models of community-based refuge.

Document presenting the UK Government's strategy for making children and young people safer following a consultation on this issue.

Report focusing on the issue of emergency accommodation for young runaways and making recommendations intended to help local authorities and other relevant agencies design solutions which will better meet the emergency accommodation needs of young runaways.

This consultation paper outlines why the needs of young runaways and children involved in sexual exploitation through prostitution are important and looks at the preventative work which is being taken forward to address the underlying issues which may increase a child’s vulnerability.

The provision of services to support children and young people is also discussed.

Introduction to a guidance pack intended to provide information and advice on some of the pressures that vulnerable children face in society and offer alternative routes to prevent damaging behaviour and negative outcomes such as self-harm, substance misuse, sexual exploitation through prostitution and running away.

Casenote examining what boys call ChildLine about and how this has changed over a period of five years. It compares the number of calls on different subjects, the ages of boys calling across the range of subjects and the links between the issues affecting boys. The views of ChildLine counsellors are also included.

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at the 100,000 children under 16 living in the UK who run away from home. We hear from a woman whose twelve year old daughter persistently ran away and was frequently returned to the family home by the police. Jill Colbert from the Safe in the City project in Salford - who works with young runaways - and John Wheeler from Childline will be joining Jenni Murray to discuss the difficulties that parents of runaways can face in accessing help.

This report provides guidance on the support available to young runaways; analysis of reasons and risks; statistical information; procedures for professionals and examples of good practice.