The English Coalition for Runaway Children
The English Coalition for Runaway Children (ECRC) is a coalition of England‐based organisations that work with children and young people who run away or go missing from home or care. It exists to ensure that these vulnerable members of our society are safeguarded from harm through effective policy and appropriate services at both national and local level.
Why is the ECRC needed?
Every year approximately 100,000 children run away across the United Kingdom. The reasons why children run away or go missing can be wide ranging and multi‐faceted. For example, they may be running from problems or conflict at home, or made to leave by parents or guardians as a result of behavioural issues. Others may run away through making an informed choice to ‘escape’ a dangerous situation, or as a result of grooming for sexual exploitation.
Research suggests that these children and young people are at increased risk of harm whilst away. They need support to both address why they are running away or going missing, and to ensure that they are safeguarded from risk if they do so.
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