An Ofsted report, based on inspections of ten authorities, found that the local services to support  missing children are frequently lacking. Ofsted describe a “weak understanding” of the reasons why children run away and what could be done to prevent it.

Quoted in CYPnow Ellen Broome,  from The Children’s Society encourages local authorities to sign up to the  Runaway Charter as part of the Make Runaways Safe campaign:

“A number of local authorities have taken that opportunity. We are calling on all the remaining councils to sign-up, so we can improve the protection that we offer to vulnerable young children across the country.”

To learn more about safeguarding children and how to identify the signs of bullying, domestic, emotional and neglect issues, which may lead children to run away, see details of our child protection training courses.