Why do children and young people run away, or become homeless?
Running away from home is not always something that is planned. Deciding to run is a decision made on the spur of the moment, and you might not be prepared, with no money, no warm clothes, no phone numbers, or any idea about where you might seek help.
Some of the main reasons you might want to run away could be:
- arguments with your family
- violence in your family
- physical or sexual abuse
- problems at school
- cultural reasons (for example, being forced to marry)
- running away from care
- you are in a stressful situation, like after the death of someone you loved
- problems with drugs or alcohol.