Deciding to leave home is a major decision. It’s important to think carefully about why you want to leave and not rush into making a decision.
Do it only after planning and when you have your family’s support and backing. Storming out after an argument is definitely not the right time to go.
Would it be possible to talk to your family about any problem or issues you have that are making you want to leave? Explain how you feel and listen to what they have to say. Discuss how you could meet each other half way If you find it hard talking things through could you write a letter or ask someone to talk to your family on your behalf? If you have to move out, try to sort things out before you leave.
You can’t leave home if you’re under 16 unless there are serious problems such as abuse or violence. If this is the case, you need to get some help and advice. You could contact Children’s Services directly on 01522 782111 or Childline on 0800 1111.
The freedom of having your own place might sound fantastic but living on your own won’t be cheap. You’ll need to pay your rent and to budget for a range of expenses and bills. Will you be able to get together enough money for a deposit plus your first months rent?
You will also become fully responsible for looking after your self. Are you ready to do your own washing, cooking and cleaning? Could you get in some practice before you actually leave home?
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