A service to help young runaways has been launched with the help of lottery funding.
Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has teamed up with Relationships Scotland to set up the 'lifeline' scheme.
Almost 12,000 cases of young people running away from home are recorded every year in Scotland.
The new Safe and Sound initiative aims to help them return home safely or find them a home of their own.
Family mediators will work with young people and their families in an attempt to resolve conflicts.
The project, based in Dundee, is being funded with almost £700,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Youngsters who run away from home are at greater risk of becoming homeless when they are adults.
Research found 84% of homeless people under the age of 25 ran away from home before the age of 16, compared with just 11% for young people generally.
One in five runaways who are now homeless first fled their family home before the age of 11.
Just over a quarter of young runaways slept rough the last time they left their family, while one in six were either physically or sexually assaulted while running away.
Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown said: "Today's runaways are tomorrow's young homeless people. If we are serious about preventing homelessness then addressing why children and young people run away is essential.
"This project is early intervention in action, offering a lifeline for many young people and their families. We look forward to working with (services network) Relationships Scotland in offering help to those who need it most and, where possible, preventing homelessness by facilitating the safe return of young runaways to their family home.
"Where this is not possible we will help them to find and keep a home of their own, while continuing to support them through the family mediation service to sustain and improve family relationships. Reducing conflict and preventing young people from running away in the first place has real social benefits. Not only does it reduce the number of runaways but prevents future homelessness and ensures a brighter future for Scotland's vulnerable youngsters."
Amy Lorimer, a family mediator with Relationships Scotland, said this would help young people and their families to "work through their conflict and develop mutually agreed ways to move forward".
This would strengthen family relationships "whether this means managing their relationship in one home or by living in different homes, but maintaining the support of their family".
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