If the refuge had shut, Centrepoint's other shelters would have taken in these young people. However, they would have had to send them straight home, without the intensive work that staff do to stop them having to run away again, because it is illegal to act otherwise.
The immediate human costs of closing the refuge were graphically outlined in your leading article "Children we must not fail" (8 June). The long- term costs are just as far-reaching. We know from experience that these children will probably keep running away from home if nothing is done about their problems, and are very likely to end up homeless after their 16th birthdays.
If the DoH continues to stonewall, this refuge will close next year.
Centrepoint, London W1