'I was 11 when I first ran away. Everyone in our house was always arguing and fighting, and after one really bad argument I ran away.’

- Jake

Over 100,000 children and young people run away each year – that’s one every five minutes.

Over a quarter of these, or 70 each day, are forced out of their homes by their parents or carers. In running away, they put themselves at very serious risk. At risk because they do not have a bed for the night or a dependable person they can trust, at risk of being exploited for sex, exposed to crime, violence, alcohol and drugs.

The Make Runaways Safe campaign

For too long we have been failing these children, leaving them to face these great risks of serious harm and abuse alone. That is why The Children’s Society has launched the Make Runaways Safe campaign. We aim to protect every child that runs away and ensure that there is a national safety net of support.

Read our report and recommendations.


You can Make Runaways Safe by:

  • Signing EDM 2039, tabled by Ann Coffey MP
  • Writing to Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, asking for an action plan for runaways
  • Raising this issue with Ministers in the Home Office and the Department for Education.

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