Q&A about running away from home with experts Andy McCullough & Charlie Hedges. Aviva will donate £2 to charity Railway Children for every post - CLOSED

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 12:25:42

You may have seen last month that the charity Railway Children is working with Aviva to provide help and support to children who have run away from home, or are at risk of doing so. It's estimated that one child runs away from home or care every five minutes in the UK. They've helped us to build some information on the reasons why children run away and how to spot the warning signs.

We were astounded by your response, with many of you sharing very personal stories and experiences. So many people have been touched by this issue and by sharing your thoughts, you have already helped us raise £18,422 for Railway Children.

Your comments have also raised lots of questions, so to answer everything and anything you'd like to ask - but never previously knew who to go to - about the topic of running away from home, we have invited the following experts to answer your questions:

·         Andy McCullough Head of UK Policy & Public Affairs at Railway Children
·         Charlie Hedges from CEOP, an organisation that deals with child exploitation and online protection

For every (proper & real!) question submitted, Aviva will donate £2 to Railway Children. You can post a maximum of three questions on the thread. Aviva will donate up to £100,000 by the end of 2012 as part of the Mumsnet campaign.

£2 will also be donated for everyone who 'likes' and recommends this thread on Facebook (by clicking 'Recommend' at the top) and if you 'like' any of the articles here

Do please join in, have your questions answered and help that money stack up!

Send your questions for the experts before Sunday 25th November and we'll link to their answers to up to 20 questions from this page on Monday 10th December.

APombearsPicnic Fri 23-Nov-12 13:49:47

What is the definition of a Runaway?

APombearsPicnic Fri 23-Nov-12 13:50:52

When are Runaway children reported to the police for help finding them?

APombearsPicnic Fri 23-Nov-12 13:52:36

Sorry if the questions I asked have already been asked, but it is £6 for a very good cause! smile

Isitme1 Fri 23-Nov-12 15:25:54

What impact does a runaway child have on firstly the parents? The other children?

Are there any areas in the uk which have a higher percentage of runaways or is it almost equal all round?

What type of support has been set up for children who are most likely to run?

Isitme1 Fri 23-Nov-12 15:26:38

Do you make that £6 or £8???
smile

afussyphase Fri 23-Nov-12 21:25:35

What are the main reasons children state for running away?

afussyphase Fri 23-Nov-12 21:25:50

Where do they think they are going to go?

afussyphase Fri 23-Nov-12 21:26:03

And where do they actually go - what happens next?

GetKnitted Sat 24-Nov-12 21:35:43

If you encounter a child that has run away from home what is the best course of action?

Would the same be true if they were a stranger or someone you knew?

What if they were somewhere that you consider safe?

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sun 25-Nov-12 16:32:04

Do all runaways go live on the street? Or do they live with family or friends? Is that still classed as runaways?

What is the age of the youngest runaway?

Do all runaway children that are found get a social worker or support worker?

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 25-Nov-12 16:37:25

How quickly are runaway children usually returned home?

Is there are critical period after which they are usually gone for good?

Eastpoint Sun 25-Nov-12 23:21:32

Do most of them go to big cities? If they are in major cities where do they go?

noidles Mon 26-Nov-12 09:50:28

I know here you've got some content about the warning signs that a child might run away, but how typical is this of all the children that you see? Do all runaways have these problems?

knowmebetterman Mon 26-Nov-12 09:59:41

Does the age of a runaway child make a difference in the reasons they give for running away? Like if a teen runs away is their reason different to a 10 year old?

knowmebetterman Mon 26-Nov-12 10:00:07

What is the average age of a runaway and is it usually girls or boys?

knowmebetterman Mon 26-Nov-12 10:04:02

Sorry if this has been asked before, but what should you do if you come across or know of a child that has run away is there any advice you can offer?

happyknickers Mon 26-Nov-12 10:13:42

When a child runs away and gets found, what usually happens? Do they get sent straight back to their family, or are they taken away? How do you decide what happens to them?

happyknickers Mon 26-Nov-12 10:21:00

Are there any studies that say what happens to runaways when they are adult - is there a higher percentage of mental illness, crime or poverty in previous runaways? I presume it does all depend on what happens to them and if they get help.

cm22v077 Mon 26-Nov-12 10:21:08

Sorry if these have been asked before, thanks for coming to Mumsnet.

1) How do people cope with the aftermath of one of their children running away? Must be so painful to pretend everything is fine when you're petrified your child might run away again- is there much support available?

cm22v077 Mon 26-Nov-12 10:23:49

2) Have their been any studies about why children runaway? What's the most common reason? Are there any signs to look out for?

happyknickers Mon 26-Nov-12 10:24:38

What percentage of runaways are actually found?

cm22v077 Mon 26-Nov-12 10:27:11

3) Is there anything I can do to help reduce the amount of children who runaway?

happyknickers Mon 26-Nov-12 10:27:25

I hope that is my £6 added to the pot smile

Surely more people want to add their £6 to the pot? Would be so easy to raise lots more money. Aviva, I think this is a really great that you're getting involved in this.

elfonashelf Mon 26-Nov-12 10:39:41

all the questions I want to ask have already been said, but I want to add my £6, so I'll just add them anyway:

1) When a child runs away and is returned, are they likely to run away again?
2) What is the average age a child runs away?
3) Are there safe places for runaways? Where are these?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Nov-12 11:10:15

The Q&A is now closed and the answers will be back on the 10 December, but until that point you can use this thread to discuss the issues of running away and every post with donate £2 to the charity Railway Children (you can post a maximum of 3 times).

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