Homeless or running away
Thinking of running away?
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,
- Arguments with a parent or other relative;
- 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?
Runaway Helpline has launched a new website
and is promoting its free 24/7 confidential 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Missing Kids -
Call: 116 000
Text: 116 000
Download their poster - here
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
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.