Runaway prevention education
On average two children in every school class will run away from home before the age of 16.*
This statistic brings home the urgent need to introduce runaway prevention education into the PSHE curriculum of every school in the UK.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils' education. PSHE is a non-statutory subject and schools are free to tailor their programme to reflect the needs of their pupils. The Department for Education guidance states that they 'expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.'
Developing awareness of the risks of running away and equipping children with information, will allow them to make informed decisions regarding their own safety when away from the home is an important subject. It starts both at home and in schools. Railway Children has created free downloadable school lesson plans to help teachers deliver lessons on the topic of running away from home and identifying safe people and safe places. There are packs available for children in key stages one, two and three to educate children between the ages of five and 16.
We would love for you to download the relevant lesson plan for your child's age and take in to your school or encourage your child's teacher to download them for themselves at: railwaychildren.org.uk/schoolresources
Take a look at this thread to see what other parents have been saying about the lesson plans and their views on the role parents and schools play in preventative education.
- How to spot the signs that a child might be thinking about running away
- How to support Railway Children
- Missing teenager help and advice
- Why do teenagers run away?
- Chat to other parents
- Find out more about Railway Children
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* Based on a life time running away rate of 8.9% - Still Running 3, The Children's Society