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Going Missing

Running away



People run away for all sorts of reasons. You may be thinking of running away because of:



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.


What should you do 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. See if you can find a better solution to your problems than running away.


Talk to someone who understands the things you’re going through


Runaways Helpline is free, confidential and 24/7. The helpline is for anyone under 18 years old who has run away from home and needs help and advice. You can also use the helpline if you’re thinking about running away.


They can help you get a message back to your parents to let them know that you’re safe. All contact is confidential, and they can’t find out where you are unless you choose to tell them.

Call or text: 116 000



You can text them even if you have no credit left on your mobile phone.


ChildLine advisers are trained to help with any problems that you’re having at home that are making you think about running away. Calls to ChildLine are completely confidential and free, even if you call from a mobile phone.

Call 0800 1111



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.  

The Children's Society have developed a guide for children and young people who are thinking of running away.