my name is Dominic,
I help runaways and homeless
people in Sydney Australia but this is for anyone aged up to 13 years old
who is thinking about running away or would like to know more about homelessness.
know you have a very good reason for wanting to runaway.
Top 10 reasons why other kids have run away are:
out - Mostly the reason why kids leave home isn't because they 'runaway,'
it is because they get kicked out.
Abuse - someone in your house is made to do sexual things, maybe you.
- someone in your house gets hurt a lot, maybe you.
or Drugs - someone in your house drinks alcohol lots or uses drugs to get
- Verbal Abuse - people
yell or scream at you all the time.
- you don't get basic stuff other kids do, like food or it may be as if you
aren't even there and no one cares about you.
- someone in your house does crime like stealing from people or beating them up.
- someone is always on your case putting pressure on you to do something all the
time like cleaning up or doing your homework.
- you get bullied at school and can't put up with it anymore or you get in
really big trouble at school and just can't go home because of what might
happen when your parents find out.
is Gone - this could be because they died, or your patents get divorced
or separated. It also could be an older brother or sister moved out of home.
is different! These are some reasons, but everyone has their own reason.
these things are bad and you should do something about it. But running away can
What you can do:
are two kinds of adults / grown ups who can make things better:
you know and trust (examples are: a teacher, school guidance officer, an
auntie or uncle, grandparents or someone you know from the neighbourhood). How
to get them to help: ask to talk to them about a secret away from anyone else.
Tell them what is happening and ask for their help.
whose job is to help kids like you (examples are: police, telephone help
lines, child welfare workers). How to get them to help: the good thing about asking
these people for help is they are on your side! It is their job to protect you
and help you be safe and happy. Most of the time it is free to phone a help line
or the police; you just have to find out what number to call.
in the Forum for Advice: You can ask in the Homeless Forum where streetkids
and homeless people as well as Social Workers can answer your questions or just
have a chat: Homeless Forum
are the best phone numbers to call around the world:
are Confidential - which means they won't tell anyone about your call
unless you want them to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger.
are open 24 Hours - it doesn't matter what time
you call them, there will always be someone there. Sometimes the line is busy,
you just have to call back again.