Family problems

We know that families aren't always the easiest to be around. Whatever's going on with your family, you can talk to us.


Every family is different. And no matter who's in your family, things can be tough sometimes. 

You might worry about:

Whatever’s happening at home, we’re here to help you through it.

6 things to remember about families

  • Every family is different.
  • It's normal to not get on with your family sometimes.
  • Family changes can be stressful but there are ways to cope.
  • It can help to talk about how you're feeling.
  • Things like bullying or money problems can make it harder to get on with your family.
  • If you're ever worried or feel unsafe, you can talk to a Childline counsellor.

family arguments

If you're arguing all the time or struggling to cope it can be hard to know what to do. You can't control what your family does but there are ways to get support.

changes in your family

Illustration of a cat

There's no right or wrong way to feel when there are changes in your family. Some people might be relieved but it's also natural to be nervous, upset or angry.

If you're feeling ashamed or embarrassed by what's happening it can be hard to ask for help. But you don't have to cope alone.

No matter what's happening, there are things you can do.

Watch: Coping with stress: breathing tips

family illness

Moving out or running away

Moving out can be a big step. But sometimes it can feel like it's your only choice. Leaving home isn't always simple.

If you're under 16, your parents have a duty to look after you, this means that you can't move out or be told to leave. If you run away from home, the police can take you back if it's safe to.

When you're 16, you've got the right to move out without your parents' or carers' permission. But there's a lot to think about before you decide to leave.

If you're made to leave, told to leave or you feel like you can't stay at home then you can talk to a Childline counsellor for help.