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NCJ Number: 181627 Find in a Library
Title: Taking a Chance? The Risks Associated with Going Missing from Substitute Care
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:8  Issue:6  Dated:November/December 1999  Pages:366-376
Author(s): Nina Biehal; Jim Wade
Date Published: November 1999
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article reports on a study of more than 200 young persons going missing from residential and foster care.
Abstract: The study identified two types of absence: the “runaways” profile (those who ran away or stayed out) and the “friends” profile (those missing to be with friends). There were variations in levels of risk for different sub-groups within the sample. Risks included immediate risks of victimization, sexual exploitation (including prostitution), offending and substance misuse. A longer-term risk of detachment was identified among those going missing often, involving high levels of non-school attendance, detachment from caregivers, and involvement in offending and in substance misuse. The article discusses difficulties in assessing risk and explores approaches to managing risk for young people who go missing from substitute care. Careful assessment of young people’s histories of going missing, their motivations, the types of places they go and the people with whom they are in contact should help practitioners gauge risks and appropriate responses with greater certainty. Figure, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child welfare; Children at risk; Foster homes; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Homeless children; Missing children; Programs for runaways; Residential child care institutions; Runaways
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