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There are many reasons you may feel your only choice is to run away. If you are thinking of running away, talk to someone – ideally an adult you trust, it could be a grandparent or aunt, your school nurse or the parents of your friends. Talk to someone who understands the things you’re going through.


If you run away you may be hurt or harmed while you’re away. If you're on the streets or in an unsafe place there is a danger of being raped, or being sexually exploited.


Support services


Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. They are there for you if you are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need immediate support.


The Missing People helpline 116000 is also Free and confidential. The helpline is open 7 days per week, between 9am and 11pm. If you are missing, thinking of going missing, or someone you know is missing, we're here for you. You can call or text us, even if you have no credit on your mobile.




Missing People

Thinking of running away? A guide for young people from The Children's Society


If you have run away and find yourself homeless, help is available from:


CHESS Homeless

Peabody Housing Support


Missing Chats - If you have been missing there will be the opportunity to have a Missing Chat.  This is completely voluntary but could help identify, and resolve, the problems that caused you to run away so you don't feel the need to do it again.