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Find all of our reports and briefings in our publications library.

We have resources for your church and school to listen to and work with children and young people.

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Seriously Awkward: Full report

At The Children’s Society we work with thousands of teenagers each year. We see that too often the most vulnerable older teenagers are being let down by the law and not getting basic protections to keep them safe, healthy and happy. We estimate that half a million 16 and 17 year olds face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with multiple issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships. This period of adolescence is known as an awkward age, but the challenges are seriously awkward for the most vulnerable teenagers falling between the cracks of childhood and adulthood.
Date published 
June 2 015
Number of pages 
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Publications library

Our publications library provides summaries and full text of all of our reports and briefings.

Intergenerational Resources

Our resources aim to improve children's and older people's experience of living together in the community.

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Protecting young runaways

What should you do when a child goes missing, and how can we prevent children from going missing in the first place?

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Child protection and safeguarding

Read our guidance, and identify how you can protect and safeguard vulnerable children.

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Batteries not included - our free and low cost Christmas activities

This Christmas, try our collection of free and low-cost activities for you and your children.

School resources

Our guides provide advice on the steps you should take if you suspect a child may be running away, and explains where you can go for more help or advice.



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Our volunteers are vital to helping tackle the causes of poverty and neglect that harm children's lives

We fight for change, supporting disadvantaged children to have better lives.