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Sunday 23rd December 2012 | 10:08
Local Government Association press release
Responding to the Children’s Society report on runaway children, Cllr John Merry, Vice Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“A missing child is every parent’s worst nightmare and it will always be a concern for everyone involved in the protection of vulnerable young people. The sad reality is that children who run away can come from any background or part of the country, not just those in the care system.
“Councils have long called for better sharing and use of data between the organisations involved in protecting missing children. Local government is currently working with the police and government to ensure we have a clearer idea of the numbers of children going missing and can more effectively identify and help those children at greater risk of running away.
“We recognise there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing the many and complex reasons why children run away, but as champions for young people councils will continue to do everything possible to ensure our most vulnerable children know that there are people who can help them and services that they can turn to.”