Bought about by a need to help and support young runaways, the Children’s Society is launching a code for agencies who have a duty to protect them. The Runaways Charter recognises that children who run away number around 100,000 each year and these children and young people are of course then in greater danger of being abused or exploited. Only a small percentage (around 20%) feel able to turn to professionals for help. The rest take their chance, feeling that there is no-one to looking out for them or that they cannot trust the agencies.

The Runaway Charter has been co-written with children and young people and contains the key actions needed to provide critical safety net for young runaways. The Children’s Society is urging every local authority to sign up.

Further details can be found at http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-views/press-release/new-charter-protect-runaways-missing-children-harm-and-exploitation.