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50% FAIL TO TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT RUNAWAYS

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Only half of England's councils have taken steps to protect young runaways, according to a survey by the Children's...
Only half of England's councils have taken steps to protect young runaways, according to a survey by the Children's Society.

The charity says only one in seven councils have fully implemented guidelines issued by the Department of Health a year ago, which called for a named

person to co-ordinate the work, inter-agency protocols on missing children, and a monitoring system.

The survey found only 14% of councils had implemented the guidelines in full.

A Local Government Association spokeswoman said the child protection green paper reforms would address the issue.
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