Every year, lots of young people run away from home for various reasons. Whether they run away once or on multiple occasions, the same duty of care, advice and reconciliation is offered no matter what their reason is.
It is important to remember that a child running away and choosing to be homeless may not have planned to do so. Many children and young people are forced out of their homes due to spiraling problems. If you are concerned about a child or young person’s welfare, you can contact First Contact in confidence. They will deal with the situation appropriately.
Professionals can access the Missing Children Procedures and associated paperwork below.