South Yorkshire town sees drop in missing children

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There has been a sharp fall in the number of children running away from care in South Yorkshire.

Since the appointment of a special support worker in March last year, the number of youngsters going missing from care placements in Doncaster has plunged by nearly 400 per cent, from 46 to just 12.

Rachel Ely-Hiscock is the former mining town’s first children in care liaison officer. Her work is focused on building relationships with children in care, offering the youngsters practical support and advice and attempting to reach agreements with them concerning their living arrangements and regular returns to their placements.

She said:

“By building a good rapport, I can help spot any signs of risk, advise them about staying safe and explain why we need a sensible plan for them coming home when they say they will. As we have all seen, child sexual exploitation is a particular risk, so this is something I can help them avoid.”

The post is jointly funded by South Yorkshire Police and independent organisation the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust. The latter describes itself as “an innovative way to provide [social care and support services to children]”. Established following an agreement between government and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, it is the first such organisation in the country.

Photo of Doncaster town centre by Frees via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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