A report by Railway Children, a national charity, has found that too many young runaways are being “trapped” in harmful situations involving drug abuse and sexual exploitation. The charity has called for more one-to-one support for these vulnerable children and says local authorities must recognise running away as a key safeguarding issue. More information on this news item can be found at cypnow.co.uk
Recognising children are vulnerable to runaway from home is also a vital part of the prevention strategy. A quote from the Railway Children website states:
“In the UK, in particular, evidence has shown children also run away from ‘normal’ family backgrounds to escape common issues such as bullying, relationship issues, loneliness and family breakdown.”
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