If you have been reported missing to the police, they will need to see you to make sure you’re safe and well before they can close the case. Speaking to the police can feel really daunting – a good thing to remember is that going missing is not a crime.
When you speak to the police after you’ve been reported missing, they’ll probably want to check that you’re okay and that you haven’t come to any harm. They have a duty to protect the public and they may ask you questions to make sure you are safe. If you’re still away from where you live when you speak with them they may want to take you somewhere safe. What happens in the end will depend on your age, circumstances and the different resources they have available.
If you’re unsure about speaking with police, 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. We can also help you speak to the police if you’re away from home or need help.