Runaway children

A report by CYPNow has shown that services for runaway children are at risk of being severely eroded. The chief executive of Missing People, a charity that supports runaway children,  said its out-of-hours service (which supports local projects) has experienced a 60 per cent fall in the number of projects diverting to it. “We’re hearing from local projects that they’ve lost funding, they are closing, or they are scaling back their resources to such an extent that they are closing their helpline,” he explained.

A survey from the Children’s Society identified around 50 services, from dedicated young runaways services to local youth provision offering specialist support. The survey found that most of them said they had their budgets reduced by about 20 per cent this year and the majority were concerned about their future.


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