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You can help make runaways safe

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Make Runaways Safe pin imageEvery year, more than 100,000 children run away from home or care. These young people are in serious danger when they’re on the street and away from home -- they need our help.

That's why we've launched the Make Runaways Safe campaign. Together, we can help these young people.

Why we're campaigning

Children who run away need to know that there are people who can help them and services that they can turn to if things go wrong at home.

Through our Make Runaways Safe campaign, we're working to ensure that every child who runs away is protected through a national safety net of support.

We launched our campaign in July at the Houses of Commons. You can watch the video in our Your Stuff section.

Tell your MP to help runaways

Even though you can’t yet vote, your voice matters! Contact your MP and tell them you’d like them to support the Make Runaways Safe campaign.

Visit the 'Find your MP' page on the Parliament website if you're unsure of who your MP is or how to contact them.

Upcoming events

Continue to visit Kids' Zone to learn of events and other ways you can help runaways.

Together, we can make runaways safe!

Young people who runaway from home: we want to hear your story


100,000 young people run away from home each year. That’s one child every five minutes or over 3,000 entire classes of children. 
The Children's Society raises funds for a number of programmes in the UK that work with children and young people who run away from home. We get to the bottom of why they run away and educate them about the dangers on the streets.
It can take some time to get a young runaway to open up to one of our project workers about why they have run away from home or what has happened to them on the streets. But over time, they will start to trust their project worker and then they can get help with the issues that led them to leaving home, and we can work with them to find a solution to their problems.
You can find out more information on the Young Runaways Appeal on The Children's Society website and also read other runaways’ experiences.
We are currently launching a campaign to further support young people who run away from home but we need your help.
Do you have a story to share with us about your experiences? Or have you helped someone who has runaway? If so, contact us and share your story.