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Homeless or running away

Thinking of running away?

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Thousands of teenagers run away from home every year. There are many reasons why you may feel like running away, like abuse or physical violence. If you are unhappy and feel like leaving home, free and confidential advice is available to help you stay safe or work out your problems.

There are many reasons for running away or leave home, including:

  • Arguments with a parent or other relative;
  • stress;
  • abuse or violence at home;
  • worries about money and debt;
  • being thrown out of their home by a parent or carer;
  • problems with drugs or alcohol;
  • becoming a victim of bullying in the classroom, over the internet or via mobile phone.

 

Where will they go?

For many teenagers, the actual decision to run away is taken on the spur of the moment and this means that someone who runs away has not thought about:

  • Where they will sleep;
  • how they will get access to money; or
  • the effect their decision will have on family members

 

Even if life at home is becoming unbearable, running away might not be the best option, even if it seems like the only one.
There are other options and people who can help.

 

Who can help?

Missing people logoMissing kids logo

Runaway Helpline has launched a new website http://nwgnetwork.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9b0570d613180ef9117789913&id=c26d0ed4f7&e=ec10d49360 and is promoting its free 24/7 confidential helpline 116000. 

Runaway Helpline
Free, 24/7 confidential support
Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back.
 
Whatever you tell them at Runaway Helpline they’ll listen and offer support. Not judge or tell you what to do. It’s your call.
 
Call or Text : 116 000
Email : 116000@runawayhelpline.org.uk
http://nwgnetwork.us5.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=9b0570d613180ef9117789913&id=b73a9e0d20&e=ec10d49360

Missing Kids - http://missingkids.co.uk/advice/are-you-thinking-of-running-away/ 

Call: 116 000

Text: 116 000

Email: 116000@missingpeople.org.uk

 

Download their poster - here

 

Childline childline plus number

You can talk to Childline about any problem you are worried about. They are available 24 hours a day and can talk to you in confidence. The number won’t appear on your phone bill.
You can call them for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website.

 

Stay in touch

If you are away from home, people will be worried about you. Although you might not want to come home, it is important to let people know you are safe.

Remember: if you are in any danger or feel unsafe, get in contact with the police immediately on 999, or talk to an adult you trust.

 

News

Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here 

 

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

‘The More You Know, The More You See’ – Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Flitwick

Time: 9:30 – 4:30 (Registration 9:00 – 9:30)

For more details please click here