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Runaways

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Reaching Safe Places (by Jane Thompson)



It is estimated that every year 18,000 children and young people under 16 sleep rough or with someone they have just met (Rees, 2011).  Young people who run away or are forced out and have no safe place to go are at risk of abuse and exploitation.  The ‘Reaching Safe Places’ research aimed to explore a range of runaway journeys and highlight the policy and practice change needed to increase the likelihood of young people finding a safe place instead of an unsafe one. 
This mixed methods research comprised: a Freedom of Information request to local authorities on the use of accommodation to safeguard young people who go missing; a consultation with professionals through discussion groups and a survey; and peer research interviews with young people in three different cities who had run away or been homeless, conducted by peer researchers aged 18-21 who had relevant personal experience of the issues.
The research identified two types of journeys, circular and linear, each needing slightly different interventions.  For young people with poor support networks, meeting the immediate need for shelter was an important first step.  The research also explored young people’s own perceptions of a safe place, and discusses the relationship of this with their stage on the journey.






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