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Last Updated: Wednesday July 01 2009 10:36 GMT

Calls for more help for runaways

People sleeping rough in London

More needs to be done to help kids who run away from home, according to the government.

Every year, 100,000 children under 16 run away from home, and the government wants local councils and police to do more to help them.

There are worries that authorities often don't know about runaways, so can't do anything to help them.

The suggestions for helping runaways include setting up safe accommodation and working with their families.

Children's Minister Baroness Morgan said: "Children and young people who run away must be given the help and support they so desperately need.

"When a child runs away from home or care this is a cry for help. As a 13-year-old runaway tells us, 'no one runs away for no reason'.