It's difficult to put together an exhaustive list of signs that a young person might be thinking about running away from home.

Every child handles problems or deals with stress in different ways, but here's a list of things to watch out for.

Spot the warning signs 

  • Staying out later than agreed / pushing boundaries
  • Not wanting to come home from school, youth club or friends' houses
  • Staying over at friends' houses more frequently, or staying with other family members to avoid coming home
  • Playing truant, or doing less well at school
  • Behaving very differently - for example, acting more aggressively or becoming withdrawn
  • Developing new interests outside school, hanging around with a new crowd, or starting a new relationship
  • Lying
  • Showing signs of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Self-harming
  • Being very secretive when using the internet