Tell your MP to Make Runaways Safe

Make Runaways Safe pinContact your MP and urge him or her to take action to support children who run away. With MPs' support we can establish a national safety net so that no child who runs away is left at risk.

Text you can use for your letter is available below.

If you are unsure of who your MP is, type your postcode into the search box on: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

Email your MP

  1. Find your MP's email address on the parliament website.
  2. Copy and paste the text below into an email message.
  3. Modify the text in [brackets], then send the email to your MP.

Read what the children's minister says about runaways

In late June, the children's minister, Tim Loughton, spoke in Westminster Hall of the plight of runaways and exploited children.

He addressed the need to support these vulnerable young people. We need him to do more and want to see a government action plan for runaways.

Read the full text of the children's minister's speech.

Post a letter to your MP

Download and use our template to create a letter you can send to your MP. The template contains the text of a letter that you can personalise.

The template, which can be opened in Microsoft Word, is available here: Template letter for your MP.

If you prefer to not download files to your computer, copy and paste the text below to create a document on your computer. Be sure you include your address in the letter, so your MP knows that you are their constituent.

Send this text to your MP

Dear [name of your MP],

I am writing to you about The Children’s Society’s Make Runaways Safe campaign.

Over 100,000 children and young people run away each year – that is one every five minutes. Over a quarter of these, or 70 each day, are forced out of their homes by their parents or carers.

When running away, these children 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.

Often this remains a hidden issue, out of sight and out of mind. And, tragically, in most cases children who run away do not get the help they need. Eight out of ten don’t seek help from anybody because they don’t know where to turn, they don’t feel there is anyone they can trust, or they fear the consequences.

[Please include your own personal reasons for supporting the campaign here]

Action is urgently needed to address this, which is why I am asking you as my local MP to support The Children’s Society’s Make Runaways Safe campaign. There are lots of ways you can do this:

  • Sign EDM 2039, tabled by Ann Coffey MP
  • Write to Tim Loughton, Parliament Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and ask for an action plan for runaways
  • Raise this issue with Ministers in the Home Office and the Department of Education

I hope you will support this crucial campaign, to help protect every child that runs away and ensure that there is a national safety net of support.

Yours sincerely,

[Insert your name and address]