FAQs - ReRun - Dorset Runaways Service

Frequently Asked Questions

Can ReRun find a young person somewhere else to live?
Maybe. Before any other options are considered we have to make sure that home is not the best place for a young person to be. We would want to find out why a young person felt they couldn't stay at home and work out if anything could be done to make it better.

If you are under 16 you cannot live on your own, so the options are foster care with the local authority or private fostering with a friend or relation. ReRun can discuss both of these with you but it is the local authority that would make the decision.

If you are over 16 but under 18, living on your own is an option providing home is not the best place for you. Before you can make an application for supported housing someone would need to talk with you and your parents and make sure nothing could be done to improve things at home. Supported housing provides young people with a room in a shared house with adults there to supervise and offer support.

If you are over 18 you can leave home at any point although we would always recommend that it is done in a planned way. The options here are much wider - renting a room in a house, renting a flat or bedsit or applying for supported housing.

All the options for over 16s have financial implications that a ReRun worker can talk through with you.

Will ReRun tell my parents what I tell them?
Providing that you or someone else has not been harmed in any way or are likely to be harmed, we can keep most things private between you and ReRun. You can ask your ReRun worker to explain this fully if there is something you want to tell us that you want us to keep private. We have to get your permission before we share anything you have told us and providing there are no issues of harm you can refuse to let us speak to anyone. We believe that it is often helpful to share information with other workers so that everyone knows what’s going on and you don’t have to tell your story over and over, but ultimately its up to you to decide. Sharing information with parents is probably the hardest thing of all for a young person and although we will ask you to think about talking to them, we will not tell your parents what you have told us.

I'm 14, do my parents have to know I'm seeing ReRun?
No they don’t. We’d like to talk through with you why you don’t want them to know but, as above, providing you or someone else are not being harmed or likely to be harmed, nobody has to know that you’re seeing ReRun. We have to get your permission before we share anything you have told us and providing there are no issues of harm you can refuse to let us speak to anyone. We believe that it is often helpful to share information with other workers so that everyone knows what’s going on and you don’t have to tell your story over and over, but ultimately its up to you to decide. Sharing information with parents is probably the hardest thing of all for a young person and although we will ask you to think about talking to them, we will not tell your parents what you have told us.

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