Still Running: Findings from 20 yeasrs of UK research on young runaways

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 2.00PM to 16:15

Speaker(s): Gwyther Rees, Research Director, The Children's Society, Leeds

Flyer and booking form for 'Still Running' Seminar. 27 March 2012 (MS Word , 77kb) 

 Still Running 3, published in November 2011, is the third wave of a long-term programme of research by the Children’s Society which investigates the issue of young runaways.


Still Running 3 surveyed a representative sample of over 7,000 young people aged 14 to 16 in England.

Key findings were:


  • Over 70,000 children under the age of 16 run away overnight in England each year
  • A quarter of these children are at high risk of harm, yet only a minority are visible to professional agencies
  • Children living in low warmth-high conflict family environments are particularly likely to run away, as are children not living with family.

This seminar will explore these and other key findings from the latest study and from the longer-term research on this topic. It will also focus on understanding the links between running away and the wider context of children's lives.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to identify and discuss key messages from the research for practitioners, practice managers, commissioners of services and policy makers.

This event is being marketed jointly to children’s and adults services. Whilst the research focused on young people under the age of 16, it is also known that young runaways are likely to call on a range of adults services as they make the transition into adulthood. Staff from housing and homelessness teams, mental health services and those working in probation are all likely to find the messages from this research interesting and relevant to their practice area.

Gwyther Rees is Research Director for The Children's Society - a national children's charity.  Much of the research he has undertaken has focused on two related topics - young runaways and child protection issues as they affect older young people.   He also leads The Children’s Society’s research programme on children’s well-being, being undertaken in collaboration with University of York.  Gwyther is a Visiting Associate at the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York.



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