If you’ve been kicked out of home you may feel panicked and worried about what may happen next. The first thing you should do is try to get somewhere safe. You might be tempted to accept the first offer of help you get, but be cautious as this could be risky and may mean you end up in a situation you don’t feel comfortable with, or in a scenario that is dangerous. If you find yourself in immediate danger, it’s important that you call 999 and speak with emergency services straight away.
Safer options might include staying with a relative you’re close to, or a friend who you know well and can trust. If you have somewhere safe you can go, think carefully about where you are going and how you are going to get there. If you can, stay in contact with the person you’re going to stay with and let them know what your plans are.
If you’re not able to find anywhere safe to stay, it’s important to contact someone who can help you. There is housing and support for young people who are kicked out, especially if you are aged 16 or under. Social services and your Local Authority (your council) have a duty to provide you with somewhere to stay if you’re not able to find somewhere to go yourself. You may feel apprehensive or scared about what may happen but if you have a social worker already, you can contact them, or if you don’t have one or can’t get hold of them then you can call Runaway Helpline and we can help connect you with one.
If you’re not sure what to do, or you want to talk through what may happen if you reach out for help, Runaway Helpline are here to listen and support you. You can reach us for free, via text or phone on 116 000. We will listen to you and we never judge. We can also help you with practical support like speaking with your parent or carer.