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Runaway Children

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities will be assessed under national indicator 71 on young people who run away from home or care. (274179)

As part of the monitoring of performance under national indicator 71, all local authorities must provide quarterly self-assessments on the extent to which their Children's Trust, local Safeguarding Children's Board, or other delegated body has a picture of patterns of running away in their area; of how this information informs local service provision; and of what procedures are in place to respond to the needs of young runaways.

One local authority—Warwickshire—has selected national indicator 71 as one of indicators for which a specified target for improvement is attached, as part of their local area agreement.