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Last Updated: Thursday December 22 2005 17:21 GMT

If you are desperate and need help

Homeless people sleeping on the streets
Sometimes kids who aren't happy at home are tempted to run away.

The Children's Society warns that running away is a last resort as it can lead to new dangers on the street. It is best if you can try and work things out at home.

But the charity says your safety should be your first concern.

If you feel desperate and in need of help, here are some tips on how you can get help and support.

  • Try and find someone you trust to talk things through with. This may include people in your family, friends and their family, or a teacher.

  • There are free phone numbers where you can get help and advice. The National Runaways helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 800 7070.

  • ChildLine is open 24 hours a day on 0800 11 11.

  • The Children's Society warns children who are on the street to be careful if strangers approach them and offer to help, they may not be as kind as they seem. It may be safer to try to talk to an official agency like social services.

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