I've never given much thought to this, but an ABC radio programme this evening changed that.
One caller said that his 14 year old daughter had run away from home.
They contacted the police who advised that, even if they knew where the girl was, they would not tell the parents, citing privacy laws.
It took two years for them to find her with no assistance from the police.
Another said that they had been phoned by the 14 year old daughter's school advising that she had been taken to hospital by ambulance. Father phoned the ambulance service to find out which hospital. The ambulance service refused to tell him, again citing privacy laws.
What madness is this? Privacy for children overriding the rights of parents?
Fair enough after the child is over 16, perhaps.
Having worked with Youth Mentoring for several years, I appreciate that there are genuine instances where children cannot live at home for reasons of abuse, dysfunctional families etc. But every case which falls into that category with which I've been associated, the parents have been assured that the children are safe.