For many of the children we work with, Christmas doesn't bring festive cheer
We see it every year – as Christmas approaches, families struggling with cost of living, relationships or poor mental health face extra strain. And as situations become unbearable, many children and young people reach crisis point and see running away as their only option.
Every day, another 192 children go missing across the UK – more than half are running away from conflict, abuse or neglect at home.*
Children like 14-year-old Darcy who arrived, scared and alone, at a train station after running away because she didn’t feel safe at home. Vulnerable children like her are susceptible to being lured and groomed by those wishing to exploit and harm vulnerable young people for their own gain.
But together, we can all play our part to keep children and young people safe – and it starts with you.