Children's Society urges refuge aid

The Children’s Society is to use a fact-finding trip to the US to persuade the British government to fund children’s refuges in the UK.

Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow, policy adviser Martin Houghton-Brown, and Met Police detective chief inspector Sandra Looby, will travel to the US on 20 March.

The US government has funded a network of children's refuges since 1971. The Children's Society is calling for a similar system in the UK to deal with the 100,000 under-16s who run away from home every year.

Burstow, who has tabled an Early Day Motion that is being supported by 340 MPs, will report the trip's findings to MPs in early May.

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