Homelessness is having nowhere to live. A runaway is someone who has run away or is seriously thinking about running away.
Why do you run away, or become homeless?
Running away from home is often not something that is planned. Deciding to run is a decision made on the spur of the moment, and you might not be prepared, with no money, no warm clothes, no phone numbers, or any idea about where you might seek help.
Some of the main reasons you might want to run away could be:
- Arguments with your family
- Violence in your family
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Running away from care
- You are in a stressful situation, like after the death of someone you loved.
What is living on the streets like?
Living on the streets is very hard: you will be cold, hungry and in danger from other people. Being on the streets when you are young is dangerous. Some of the problems you may face are:
- Nowhere safe to sleep or rest.
- No food or clean water.
- Being at risk from dangerous or abusive people.
- Not being able to wash yourself or your clothes.
- Getting sick.
- No money.
- Being attacked or having your belongings stolen from you.
If you are feeling unhappy or are being hurt by someone, running away will not make it better. You will have different problems if you run away and are on the streets.
If you can talk to someone about how you feel such as a parent or teacher, they can help you find a way to solve your problems without you running away. If you can't talk to someone, or feel that they won't listen, you can speak to us through using the report button.
Speaking to us can help you talk about what is wrong and find a way of solving it before it gets so bad that you run away. It may be hard to talk about what's wrong, but it will really help.
If you need more information -
You can meet with a local person, they can help you to start making
life feel better.
Ring our confidential helpline
Call 0808 168 9698 (we will call you straight back)