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Runaway Helpline



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About Runaway Helpline

Runaway Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are here for children and young people in the United Kingdom who have run away or are thinking of doing so.

When you contact us you will talk with one our friendly and supportive counselors or volunteers who have experience in how to help people with similar experiences to your own. They will listen, express empathy and understanding, and assist you to find a way through your situation. Regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs, we will listen in a supportive and non-judgmental capacity.

Where is Runaway Helpline available?

Available nationwide in United Kingdom

Who does Runaway Helpline support?

Everyone, youth, and children

What languages does Runaway Helpline support?


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Service for children and young people who have run away or are thinking of doing so. Support for family, friends, professionals who are concerned that a child is going to run away, has run away, is being treated badly and/or abused.

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