A leading children’s charity has praised Lancashire County Council for its commitment to improving services for runaways.
The council’s work was commended in a report by The Children’s Society called Making Runaways Safer.
The work was highlighted as an example of good practice in the report, launched to coincide with the first anniversary of the charity’s Runaways Charter.
County Councillor Chris Henig, lead member for families at Lancashire County Council, said: “Experience shows that young runaways potentially put themselves at high risk of falling into all kinds of trouble.
“Our work to reduce the number of young people running away from care is aimed at protecting these vulnerable young people.
“This work is based around very strong partnership working focussing on runaways and child sexual exploitation (CSE).
“This has allowed the police, social services and The Children’s Society - which provides frontline CSE and runaways support in the area through its Street Safe project - to develop innovative ways of responding to the different needs of young runaways, including those who aren’t reported as missing.”
Research from the charity shows running away is an indicator something is wrong in a child’s life.
Rob Jackson, area director for the Children’s Society in Lancashire, said: “I’d like to thank Lancashire County Council for its commitment to putting young runaways at the heart of what they do, and taking steps to create a safety net for young people in the area.
“It is still not too late for other local authorities to sign up to the Charter, or for people to champion the needs of young runaways by campaigning with us.”