North Tyneside Council has been praised for its commitment to improving services for young runaways.
The authority – along with neighbouring Newcastle City Council – has been highlighted as an example of ‘good practice’ in the Making Runaways Safer report produced by The Children’s Society.
The report was launched to coincide with the first anniversary of the children’s charity’s Runaways Charter, alongside a new tool for councils to help them respond better to young people who go missing.
Ellen Broome, director of policy for The Children’s Society, said: “I’d like to thank both councils for their commitment to putting young runaways at the heart of what they do, and taking steps to create a safety net.”
Coun Ian Grayson, North Tyneside’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “I am very supportive of the council signing up to the Runaways Charter.
“Supporting this initiative has ensured support services to vulnerable young people are focused in upon this vulnerable group and all that can be done to minimise harm is put in place.
“We have found in the past 12 months that instances of children going missing have reduced and there is a heightened awareness amongst staff of the importance of this issue.
“We wish The Children’s Society well with their programme of support to runaways.”
For more visit http://makerunawayssafe.org.uk