Missing Children Publication Hub

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Missing 16 and 17 Year Olds (by Anon)

Missing young people aged 15 – 17 make up 34 per cent of cases reported to the police (NPIA). Research by Gees and Siakeu (2004) found that 16 and 17 year olds who go missing are likely to stay missing. Many lose touch with their families and become homeless. Biehal et al. argue that “young people who run away or break links with their families at 16 or 17 rarely do so through choice”. In 2005/6, nearly 8,500 young people (aged 16/17 or care leavers 18-20) were deemed unintentionally homeless and in priority need. This article addresses and explains the issue of missing 16 and 17 year olds.


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