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Railway Children and Aviva


Running away from home

Having a child run away from home is pretty much every parent's nightmare. And sadly, it's much more common than you might think. It's estimated that a child runs away from home or care every five minutes in the UK.

Railway Children is working together with Aviva to provide help and support to children under 16 who have run away from home, or are at risk of doing so. Find out how you can help support the cause through Mumsnet.


See the signs

Running away

Worried that your teenager might be thinking of running away? Here's how to spot the warning signs.

Why do teenagers run away?

Why do teenagers run away

Find out more information on why teenagers decide to run, including how common problems can lead to decisions being made in the spur of the moment.

Who is Railway Children?


Railway Children helps and supports children under the age of 16 who have run away from home or are at risk of doing so. Find out more about their work here. 

Chat to and share advice with other parents

Mumsnet talk

Chat to and get advice from other parents about the issues facing teenagers today – and their views on running away – on the Mumsnet Talk boards .

How your support is helping

Railway children

For every comment you leave on a Railway Children thread, Aviva will donate £2 as part of their charity partnership. Find how your support is helping and see where the money goes here. 

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