100,000 young people run away each year in the UK

Easter is a time to spend with family and loved ones but for some children this is a very different story. Across the country, 9205 children will be forced to run away and risk being hurt or harmed on the streets during Lent (5 March – 19 April). 

Please read Susie’s story.

Our new infographic illustrates a collection of issues young people face when they run away. (Jump to the facts behind the infographic.)

Each year we help hundreds of runaway children through our network of programmes and services, children who desperately need our help to rebuild their lives.

Your donation helps

Your gift to our Easter appeal can make a big difference:

  • £20 could help a project worker give immediate care and support to a neglected child.
  • £50 could help train a new project worker so they can provide vital support to neglected children on the streets who have turned to drugs to forget painful memories.
  • £75 could run a family mediation session that helps a neglected child speak about the anger and hurt which forced them to run away.

Please support our Easter appeal today.

See how your support helps

Our new infographic shows the danger that young people face when they’re away from home. It also illustrates how our help is tackling the problem, by helping hundreds of young people directly and hundreds of thousands more by supporting local authorities improve their practice through our Runaways Charter.

Our infographic reveals the huge number of young people who run away each year, the dangers they face, what we are doing to help them, and what you can do

Facts behind our infographic

You can find the facts behind our infographic in a handful of our reports about young runaways.

With the exception of two items, all facts and figures come from our Still Running 3 report (full report, summary).

The two other items are:

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You can help

Find out about Susie’s story, and donate today.

By Eleni Adamou - Project Worker
Eleni Adamou
- Programme staff

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