Our resources let you know what to do when a child goes missing and how to prevent children from going missing in the first place.

We've developed a series of guides for:

  • Local safeguarding leads
  • Local authority commissioners 
  • Professionals working with children and young people
  • Parents and carers
  • Children and young people

We'll also be updating this section over the next few months with more practical advice and information for police, local authorities and people who work directly with children and young people.

Read our newest guide on conducting good return interviews.

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Local authorities

Our planning guide helps local authorities and local safeguarding children's boards to plan and develop local responses to young runaways. It now reflects the updated government guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care.

The Runaways Charter is written by children who have previously run away from home or care on how they would like to be treated. As part of our Make Runaways Safe campaign, we asked all local authorities to sign up to the charter. 

Children and young people

Thinking of running away? is a guide for children and young people on the risks of running away and advide on where they can find help.

Parents and carers

What to do if your child goes missing explains why children and young people run away and what steps you should take if your child goes missing.

Teachers and youth workers

Our guide for education and youth work professionals shows how you can recognise the signs that a child may be running away and how you can help them.

Social workers and care home staff

Criminal exploitation and County Lines has advice for professionals working with children and young people that could be in danger of being trafficked by gangs to sell drugs in a different town or area.

Standing tall after feeling small is written by young people from our Street Safe project in Lancashire to help professionals understand how best to help young runaways.

The Vanishing contains advice from young people at a children's home in Birmingham on how care home staff can help prevent childen going missing from care.


Conducting good return interviews for young people who run away gives advice on how to understand and address the reasons a young person has run away.

An outline of the importance of return interviews in helping to prevent children from runnning away repeatedly. 

Order copies

To order copies of our runaways pack, please email Delphine Girma.