The project’s first component is comprehensive research: updating of knowledge about the experiences of minors who have run away. Various interpretations about running away exist, as is with many other subjects which are difficult to define. These interpretations are often built on established positions and emotions that may color intervention methods. In order to develop strategies permitting us to better intervene and work these young persons, it is important to review our understanding of the phenomenon of running away and to question the practices of intervention currently in place. Comprehensive research is not an end in itself.
The comprehensive research took place in four cities: Montreal, Drummondville, Three-Rivers and Quebec City. To obtain a global portrait of the phenomenon, it is not enough to focus only on the perceptions of young people and of parents. It is also necessary to include the perceptions of the professionals who deal directly with runaways. We interviewed young people and parents as well as professionals from youth centres, community organizations and police departments. Professionals, as defined by their roles, also have great influence on the behavior of the minors who runaway and their parents/caregivers.
Young people (n = 34)
Parents (n = 10)
Professionals (n = 45)
First part: running away and its realities. Verify with the young persons, the parents and the professionals their knowledge and their opinion on the subject:
Second part: running away and the meaning that one gives to this experience
Third part: common responsibility for protecting children. Verify with young people, parents and professionals their knowledge and their opinion on the subject: