Running away is never a completely safe thing to do, but by thinking about what you are doing and what you might need to do could help keep you a lot safer than you would have been.
Before you run away try to talk through your options with someone. A good option would be an adult you can trust, like a teacher, or a relative. Talk to them about what you could do instead. There might be another solution you hadn’t thought of. If there’s no one you trust, you can call Runaway Helpline on 116 000 and we could help you think about what to do – you don’t have to tell us your name, or where you live.
If you are definitely going to go then make sure you have everything you might need to stay as safe as you possibly can.
If you do need help, remember there are projects and services that will listen to you, help make you safe and find somewhere to stay. You can call or text Runaway Helpline for free, from 9am – 11pm every day, on 116 000 and we will talk to you and put you in touch with other people who can help. You don’t need to tell us your name or where you are.
If you’re in danger now it might feel scary to call the police, but if you do contact them they will help make sure you are safe. You can contact them either by calling 101 and asking for the police or by going to a local police station. If it is an emergency, always call 999.
If you’re worried about calling the police, you can call Runaway Helpline on 116 000. We will talk to you about what the police might do, and if you do decide to call the police, we can stay on the phone to help you.
The Runaway Helpline can only provide services to children and young people within the United Kingdom, and information and advice on this site relates to the UK only.I understand