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Don Foster MP calls for greater support for young runaways

October 24, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster MP has backed calls for greater support for the country’s young runaways.

Don pledged his support for this vital cause following the launch of The Children’s Society’s new report, Make Runaways Safe, which reveals that children as young as eight are running away from home or care. In most cases they are not being reported to the authorities by their parents and carers when they go missing.

The Children’s Society is calling on the Government to improve the support for the 100,000 children who run away from home each year.

The report found that many young runaways fall into grave danger and are at risk of harm, physical abuse or sexual exploitation.

The Children’s Society is calling for a national safety net to be put in place for every child who runs away.

This would include the government drawing up a national runaways’ action plan to significantly boost help and support for everyone involved.

Commenting, Don Foster MP said: “The situation faced by children who run away in this country is simply unacceptable. They must be given a greater level of support and this must be a priority for government.”

The Children’s Society’s Chief Executive Bob Reitemeier added, “Every child who runs away should run to safety. Society is failing young runaways, condemning tens of thousands of children to misery and danger by failing to provide an adequate safety net to break their fall. “