Railway Children and Aviva


Running away from home

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.


Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon

invisible girl

Invisible girl tells the story on 12 year old runaway Gabriella. We offered Mumsnetters the chance to review the book. See what they thought here.

Watch this short film

Mumsnet talk

Would you show this video to your child? Watch a short film about some of the dangers teenagers may face if they run away from home and tell us what you think. £2 donation from Aviva to Railway Children for every watch/comment!

Risks and consequences

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

The warning signs of running away

Running away

Are you concerned that your teenager may 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 why teenagers decide to run away, and how common problems can lead to spur-of-the-moment decisions.

Missing teen help and advice


If your teenager goes missing, get advice and resources on what you can do, plus information about what happens if you file a missing person report. 

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.

What 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.