New guide for parents of young runaways
Published: 20.03.13A guide to help parents and the carers of children who may be at risk of running away from home has been launched by The Children’s Society.
The guide offers a range of advice, from what questions parents and carers will be asked by the police, to what to do when their child returns and why young people run away.
Research by the charity reveals that a child runs away from home every five minutes and two thirds of runaways are not reported to the police. While on the streets they are at risk of physical abuse and sexual exploitation.
The guide ‘What to do if your child goes missing’ - includes contributions from the parents of children who have run away from home and will be trialled in three of the charity’s retail stores in London, Tyne and Wear and Nottinghamshire. A national rollout to the charity’s other shops is expected later in the year.
Tina Fellstrom, Retail Operations Manager at The Children’s Society, said:
“The guide will be invaluable to all parents and carers. By having regular contact with the public, and through raising awareness of the issue, our shops can play a pivotal role in giving people the support they need in an emergency.”
The guide follows the launch of The Children’s Society Runaways Charter, which sets out protocols for local authorities, for preventing running away and dealing with incidents as soon as they happen. The charity is calling on councils in England to sign up to the charter to protect the 100,000 children who run away every year.
To find out more about The Children's Society Runaways' Charter go to www.makerunawayssafe.org.uk.