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I don’t feel safe

We hope what you see here helps.  If you are feeling like running away or are away from home, we are here to listen.

Call or Text 116 000. For free and in confidence.

If you can, call the police on either 101 or 999. This may seem like a big step, but that is what the police are there for – to look after you.  If you don’t feel able to do this, call the Runaway Helpline straight away on 116 000 and we will help and support you in making the call. The call will be free and the Runaway Helpline is open day and night.

You shouldn’t have to be scared or feel unsafe. When you’re away from home, you can find yourself in lots of situations where you don’t feel safe.

Maybe you were with friends but now you’re on your own, or maybe you’re with someone you thought you could trust but now you’re not so sure. Maybe something scary has happened.

Sometimes things just don’t feel right and you don’t know exactly why. It’s horrible to feel frightened and alone. We want you to be safe and we want to work with you to make that happen. We will never judge you. Talking through stuff with us can help you decide what you need to do to be safe and if you want us to help you, we can. If you’re away from home and you don’t feel safe, we can send a message home for you, or to your carers and we can help you talk to police or social services on a Three Way Call

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