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Lisa Nandy MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Young Families, in response to the publication of figures by the DfE on runaway children in care, said:

"These figures are a clear indication that the Government is not doing enough to support local authorities and services to care for vulnerable children. Running away from home or care should be one of the key indicators that a child is at risk and should be made a priority for all Local Safeguarding Children's Boards.

"The Government's shift in emphasis from local cooperation and its delay in replacing vital safeguarding tools such as contactpoint and the common assessment framework will undoubtedly have put children at risk. Frontline professionals are crying out for the Government to take urgent action in this area and Tim Loughton should publish progress on the Munro recommendations as soon as possible."

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