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Runaway Children

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will include a requirement to collect information relating to the safeguarding of runaway and missing children in his review of the public service agreement indicators. (158417)

A new national indicator on young people who have run away from home or care overnight is included in the national indicators that will underpin the new performance framework for local authorities. This was published on 11 October 2007.

We are considering a number of different options to gather data on young runaways in connection with the new indicator, working closely with the Home Office, the police, local authorities and The Children's Society.