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Stephen Leach, Team leader, Talk Don't Walk, Warrington.

Young people do not run away if they are happy. They often run away because they feel they cannot express themselves or they are not being heard. They act in desperation and think of the consequences later. My role is to help them think about the future.

Family court improvement forum

Louise Sims, kinship care and fostering consultant at CoramBAAF, discusses the benefits of Quality Circle, an innovative forum to identify good practice developed by the Sussex Family Justice Board.

The Social Care Academy

Vacancy rates and staff turnover have plummeted in Essex since the opening of its children's social work training academy. Charlotte Goddard asks those behind the initiative how it has been achieved.

Out-of-court advocacy

A pioneering scheme is aiming to transform the role of guardians by involving them in family proceedings at an earlier stage to prevent cases from going to court and reduce delays. Lauren Higgs reports

Search operator - Martin Houghton-Brown, chief executive, Missing People

One child is reported missing in the UK every five minutes. Of the 100,000 children aged under 16 who run away each year, around 10,000 are hurt while away from home. And last year, the charity Missing People received 68,000 calls from children who had run away. That's why its new chief executive is determined to ensure the organisation is at the centre of efforts to find children.

Work Pack: Youth club activities - parenting

With the high rate of teenage pregnancies in the UK, young people need to consider the practical realities of having a baby. Vanessa Rogers provides a series of activities to get discussions started.

Extreme Parenting

Extreme Parenting - Parenting Your Child with a Chronic IllnessSharon Dempsey, foreword by Hilton DavisJessica Kingsley PublishersISBN 978184310619713.99207 pages