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Children sleep rough and turn to crime

77,000 children run away from home each year

The Social Exclusion Unit is about to look into the calibre of education received by children in care who often experience similar problems as runaways.

Downing Street's Social Exclusion Unit has issued a report which states that a significant percentage of the 77,000 children who run away from home each year end up sleeping rough and turning to crime. So concerned is the Prime Minister that he is proposing to bring in a 'personal mentor' scheme, whereby - on being picked up by the police - each child is assigned an advisor who will keep closely in touch once the child has been returned to his/her home and school with the objective of trying to prevent the same thing happening again

 With a view to helping more underprivileged children, the Social Exclusion Unit is about to look into the calibre of education received by children in care who often experience similar problems as runaways. 

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