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Railway Children and Aviva


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

Railway Children are 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.

How you've helped this year

In September 2012, Railway Children set out to make parents more aware of the huge problem of runaway children in the UK. Thanks to Mumsnetters and Aviva, £200,000 has been raised to help.

How to talk to your teen

Talking to your children about the topic of running away might make them think twice if they were ever to consider it.

Running away: the warning signs

Are you concerned that your teenager may be thinking of running away? Here's how to spot the warning signs.

Running away: risks and consequences

Running away can have serious consequences. Find out more about the risks children face by running away here.

Why do teenagers run away?

Find out why teenagers decide to run away, and how common problems can lead to spur-of-the-moment decisions.

Support Railway Children

For every comment you leave on a Railway Children thread, Aviva will donate £2 as part of its charity partnership. Find out how the money is spent.