APPG report on missing children highlights a serious problem that must be addressed
18 June 2012
Sue Berelowitz, Deputy Children's Commissioner, commenting on today's joint report from the APPG for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, said:
"This excellent report highlights a serious problem that must be addressed. Children who are in care should be properly supported by all concerned particularly during times when they feel vulnerable, desperate and confused and see running away as the solution to their problems. The research findings will also prove invaluable to those already working hard to ensure that children in care are kept safe. Any child who runs away from home or goes missing faces an increased risk of being harmed and is extremely vulnerable to being physically or sexually abused during this time. This report, along with the recent court cases which have revealed the risks of sexual exploitation faced by some children in care, will focus minds on the action needed to protect these children."
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