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Will Young in Runaways

BBC Children in Need 2004



Runaways


BBC ONE, 9.00pm, Wednesday 10 November.


Presented by Will Young.

 

Within just four hours of running away from home, a child will be targeted by a paedophile or pimp.

 

And yet there's literally nowhere safe for children under 16 to run to.

 

There is only one six-bed refuge in the whole country for the 100,000 children who run away in Britain each year.

 

In this hard hitting documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of Children in Need, we uncover the scandal behind the statistics – the lack of action by local and national government, the struggle of charities to fill the gap... and mostly the tragic malaise of a generation of children whose unhappiness causes them to run.

 

Why does running away matter?


Running away is an important sign that something is seriously wrong in a young person's life.

 

A quarter of runaways will sleep in unsafe places and report being hungry or thirsty while they were away, a third said they had felt frightened or alone

 

The longer a child runs away, the greater the risk they face on the streets

 

67% of those who stay with strangers get physically or sexually assaulted

 

1 in 14 survive through stealing, begging, drug dealing and prostitution

 

Runaways are three times more likely to say they have been in trouble with the police

 

Adults with serious problems have often run away as a child

 

Young people who run once are nearly three times more likely - and repeat runaways are six times more likely - to use solvents in their life than those who never run

 

Nearly half of homeless young people at Centrepoint ran away as children

 

Nearly half of sentenced prisoners in the UK report having run away as children.


Statistics courtesy of The Children's Society.

 


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