To help raise awareness, we're asking you to Take 5 minutes to find out more about this shocking issue of young runaways in the UK and how you can help.
These children come from all backgrounds. Children run away from affluent homes as well as low-income environments. They run away to escape bullying, loneliness and family breakdown as well as violence, abuse and neglect.
With nowhere to go, many children end up on the streets facing worse problems than they ran away from. Violence, drugs, and sexual abuse and exploitation are rife. With no means of support and no protection, these children often fade into the background, unseen by a society that finds their existence too uncomfortable to face.
Railway Children provides crucial support and services for children before, during and after they run away, racing to reach them before an abuser can.