If your family or friends do not know where you are, you might be described as ‘missing’.
How can young people go missing?
There are many different ways in which a child or young person can go missing. They might run away from home, or they might be taken away by a parent or a stranger. In Ireland, most people who go missing run away from home. It is unusual for a young person to be taken in Ireland.
How might young people who go missing feel?
Young people who go missing might experience many different emotions, including:
National Missing Children's Hotline
The National Missing Children’s Hotline is available 24 hours a day, by calling 116 000.
You might want to ring the Hotline if: