Hello @compassion I have really been given a lifeline because she is actually enrolled in a school 3 hours from Perth and she is engaged and loving it so far, I have received compliments on her attitude and manners - but its only early days. She is staying with friends of the family who are going to look after her for the rest of term 4 and there is nothing else to do down there but to go to school and play sport. She was trying to go back to school but her friends were at the station texting her to meet them, the school did nothing to help me keep her there and we had many discussions about her doing art at lunch for which they simply got her to colour in - which surprise surprise did not keep her at school and away from the station. After she came home, I pretty much had to let her do what she wanted because I was afraid that she would simply leave again. I had booked her into counselling and I had a life coach also to try and get her back on track. I found the parenting coarse really valuable with "ReachOut", I could simply work through small scenarios with my daughter and try and get some rules back into place with consequences. They were working but it was taking a long time and her school life was slipping away but they were working. My daughter would turn off her phone and then come home when she wanted, and sometimes would just text me to say she was not coming home. It was all of my nightmares... Anyway, she is now in school and she has really turned around - but it was getting her away from her friends who had all the influence that was the hardest to do and it was never going to happen while she was at home and they had access to her. Good luck - there is small comfort in knowing that you are not the only one and that there are lots of parents out there in similar situations just trying to navigate and hope that their children make the right decisions if they ever get into trouble.
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My 15 year old daughter has not been home in the last 3 weeks. She left after we had a fight about her not attending school and hanging around the station with other kids that have dropped out of school. Initially she left without any of her clothes or toiletries, I dropped them off to her the one and only day she went back to school and the school rang me. She has blocked me on social media, and does not tell me where she is staying, occassionally the Mums text me to tell me that my daughter is there but most nights I am left sleepless not knowing where she is. I have had the police pick her up twice and bring her home but she just leaves again and I can't chain her to the house (though I would like to). I don't know how to get her to come back home and go back to school. She was seeing a counseller but they all seem to leave and pass her onto someone else that she does not gell with and she has to start again - so she has said no to any counselling and won't talk to me. No one seems to be able to do anything and I am really struggling waiting for her to make up her mind when she wants to come back.
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