Traffic light: Running away
My child occasionally talks about running away, what should I do?
I am not sure if my child has run away or is just late, what should I do?
My child has run away and this is out of their character or that you are worried that they may feel suicidal or vulnerable, what should I do immediately?
|This can be a normal reaction when problems build up. It is ok to feel like this and your child might just need your support||Phone their friends||Phone the police and have a recent photo handy|
|Stay calm and ask your child if they would like to talk?||Phone your child and leave a voicemail and text and tell them that you are concerned and not angry and that if you do not hear from them, that you will need to call the police||Ask a friend or relative to be with you|
|Ask them what they are feeling or what happened to make them feel like it?||If they do not call back, call the police||Think of places they may go or places they have mentioned|
|Don’t get angry, anxious or defensive, stay calm and let them know you would like to understand and help and that you do not judge them|
|Help them feel safe|
Based on MindEd