Youth Support

Our youth are most susceptible to go missing with a rate six times that of any other age group.

Those aged between 13 and 17 account for half of all missing persons reported to police, equalling 19,000 reports each year.

There are many reasons why youth go missing, including relationship breakdowns and mental health, or it could be as simple as going to a friend’s house and not letting anyone know where they are.

In instances where there is a relationship breakdown, conflict in the home or at school, our youth may feel the need to go missing to escape the problem. To them going missing may be called alternate names such as running away, couch surfing, staying with friends, squatting or sleeping rough. These all link back to being a missing person when there are fears for that persons safety or welfare and their whereabouts are unknown.

To prevent our youth from needing to run away from issues at home or in school, we have provided the below links to assist them in getting help.

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Kids Help Line

Trained counsellors provide a 24-hour, confidential, anonymous, national telephone counselling service for young Australians aged 5-25. The site also includes information for parents, carers, and teachers.

1800 551 800 (toll free)



Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

You can receive support through the eheadspace service via their website or by calling 1800 650 890.

You can access all of Headspace’s information and services through their website:


ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides presentations to Australian parents, carers and teachers and students. It provides information on the technologies young people use, the challenges they may face, and importantly, how they can be overcome.

Presentations are delivered face to face or digitally.

For more information on ThinkUKnow, visit their

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