Take 5

Take 5 for UK runaways

Take 5 minutes to find out about young runaways in the UK.

Most people don't know that in the UK, 100,000 children under the age of 16 run away every year- that's one child every five minutes.

  • 30% are aged 12 or younger.
  • One in six will sleep rough or with someone they've just met.
  • 70% are never even reported missing. 

To help raise awareness, we're asking you to Take 5 minutes to find out more about this shocking problem 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.

We're asking you to Take 5 minutes to find out more and help.


In this section:

Why do children run away?

Why do children run away?

Take 5 minutes to find out why children run away. Find out more

Signs a child might be thinking of running away

Signs a child might be thinking of running away

Take 5 minutes to understand how to spot the signs. Find out more

The risks of running away

The risks of running away

Take 5 minutes to find out about the risks of running away. Find out more

Chloe's story

Chloe's story

Take 5 minutes to read Chloe's story. Find out more

Talk to your child about running away

Talk to your child about running away

Take 5 minutes to find out how to talk to your child about running away. Find out more

What to do if your child runs away

What to do if your child runs away

Take 5 minutes to find out what to do if your child runs away from home. Find out more

Watch our film

Watch our film

Take 5 to watch our short film on the risks children face when running away from home in the UK. Find out more

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