The Children’s Society have published a new guide for the parents and carers of children who are at risk of running away. The guide, What to do if your child goes missing, has been written with assistance from parents who have experience of their children running away from home. The guide includes the following sections:
- What to do before contacting the police
- Contacting the police
- When your child returns home
- Why do young people run away from home?
- Other things you can do
- Where to go for further information and support.
Children who go missing have been identified as being very vulnerable through research by The Children’s Society. Their research found that a quarter of young runaways are forced to leave home, often fleeing violence, abuse and chaos at home then once on the street they are at risk of physical abuse and sexual exploitation.