Speaking with social services can feel like a very big step, but it’s important to remember that they exist to help keep you healthy and safe. You can choose to reach out to them directly, or sometimes someone else may have spoken to them on your behalf. Whatever happens they should be trying to help you.
If you already have a social worker, it may be a good idea to try and contact them so you can tell them what’s going on. It’s likely that they’ll already have a good understanding of your circumstances and they may be able to get support in place for you quickly.
If you’ve never spoken to social services before it’s likely that they’ll want to ask you questions to see what’s going on for you and how they can help keep you safe. It’s also likely that they’ll want to speak with the people you live with to make sure the right support goes in place.
What happens when you speak with social services or a social worker will always depend on what’s going on for you and your circumstances.
If you’re unsure about speaking with social services or your social worker, or would like free and confidential support around running away, the Runaway Helpline are here for you. You can call or text on 116000, 24 hours a day. We’ll listen and not judge, we’d like to help you stay safe no matter what’s making you want to run away.