English Coalition for Runaway Children

The English Coalition for Runaway Children 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.

The ECRC hold three meetings each year and members are expected to attend as often as possible. Members are expected to contribute to discussion during these meetings, as well as communicating in between by email and/or phone.

Membership is open to any organisation, service or professional that believes in the mission, vision and values and wishes to use their experience and expertise for the benefit of children and young people who run away and their families. 

To ensure the coalition can achieve its goals, whilst being useful for professionals from a variety of sectors, the ECRC has adopted a two-tiered model of membership. Full members include charities or representatives from projects involving service delivery. Observer members can include public sector representatives.

Full members:

  • Invited to every meeting
  • Full voting rights

Observer members:

  • Invited to every meeting, however, the Co-Chairs are able to ask observer members to leave the meeting temporarily if points of discussion represent a conflict of interests
  • No voting rights

This model has been adopted to ensure that the expertise and knowledge from public sector representatives can enrich the group, whilst not allowing any potential conflicts of interest to effect the ECRC’s role as a campaigning organisation.

To apply to join the ECRC please fill out the application form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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