Our runaways work - Children at risk on the streets

Neglect, abuse and isolation can sometimes make home so unbearable that the only solution is to run away. This often leads many children to begging or stealing in order to survive.

We meet these children at their point of greatest need. Through exploring and understanding why they have run away, we help them find solutions to the problems they face.

We provide essential drop-in services, advice and counselling, and we campaign for the government and local authorities to provide essential services and safe accommodation for runaways.

Young boy
CheckPoint Torbay provides a variety of information, advice, support and specialist intervention services to vulnerable children and young people
Teenage boy
Hand in Hand strives to provide a safe and accessible service for children and young people involved in or vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
London Youth At Risk, Children sat at table
London Youth at Risk works directly with young people at risk of or involved in running away, sexual exploitation, gangs and serious youth violence.
young runaway girl
Our project makes childhood better by working with children and young people who runaway or go missing from home in the Manchester area.
A room at SCARPA
SCARPA provides targeted youth support to young people who go missing or are at risk of sexual exploitation.
Teenage girl
The Children's Society in Birmingham and the Black Country programme runs several projects working with children, young people and families.
Photograph modelled for The Children's Society | © Laurence Dutton
The Children’s Society runs the Streetwise project in Coventry, which supports young people who are at risk of being sexually exploited.
Teenager on the streets
Our Safe Hands Project works with and supports children and young people who are involved in or vulnerable to sexual exploitation in its many forms.
Lancashire Street Safe
This service supports children and young people, both boys and girls, at risk of sexual exploitation and missing from home across Lancashire
Young girl
Waves offers advice and guidance to children and young people up to the age of 20 who may be at risk of harm.