Info and Advice

Going missing

If your family or friends do not know where you are, you might be described as 'missing'.
A teenage girl has run away from home, sits by containers

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:



Scared or worried

Let down by adults 


Young people who go missing might miss their family and friends. They might also find it difficult to trust others.

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: 


  • You are thinking of running away
  • You are known as 'missing', you feel you cannot go home and you have no-one to talk to 
  • You have arrived in Ireland and are separated from your parents
  • You have information about another young person who is missing 
  • A loved one is missing


Contact Childline

Childline is always here to listen and to support you. You can call Childline on 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), text Childline on 50101 (10am – 4am every day) or chat with Childline online

Talking helps!


1800 66 66 66