'Save runaways'

02 November 2006

THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY's campaign to help child runaways was promoted in the House of Lords on Wednesday by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens.

Bishop Stevens called on fellow peers and the Government to support the campaign to set up a national network of safe emergency accommodation to keep children out of danger.

At a meeting in the House of Lords, young runaways shared their experiences of living on the streets.

New research released this week by the Children's Society shows that children as young as nine years old are running away from home, and resorting to prostitution, drugs, and crime to survive on the street.

The research also refers to "the alarming speed with which children become cut off from their families and disappear off the radar, out of reach of children's support services."

In 2001, the Children's Society published a report Child Runaways, which said that an estimated 55 children under the age of 11 ran away each day. Of these, 14 per cent might be sexually abused.


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