The charity Action for Children has warned that homelessness 'can happen to anyone's child', after new figures revealed that one in four Welsh children have considered running away from home.
Action for Children are organising the first 'Byte Night South West', which will see hundreds of people bed down for the night at M Shed Princes Wharf, Bristol to raise vital funds for youth homelessness.
More than one in four children in Wales have thought about running away from home, according to the charity Action for Children.
A survey carried out by the charity found 86 per cent ran away because of arguments with family members, the highest figure in the UK.
The charity surveyed 1,000 children aged 8-16, with One Poll, to find out what makes children want to leave home.
A fifth of children in Wales said they know another child who regularly sleeps away from home because of problems in the family.
One in ten parents in Wales say they're comfortable asking for help with money problems.
The figures come from a survey by Action for Children.
But according to the charity, that's not necessarily good news.
Just 1 out of every 10 parents in Wales feel ashamed asking for help with money problems.
According to a survey by Action for Children, that's less than the UK average, where 1 in 5 feel embarrassed to seek financial help.
The survey of more than 2,000 parents across the UK also found one in three (28%) of parents in Wales had asked for advice about personal finances or debt, compared with one in four (24%) of parents in England.
Despite the results the charity says Wales has some of the highest levels of poverty and deprivation in the UK.
Children in Wales are 'feeling crushed' under the pressure of adult problems according to a report by the charity Action for Children. It claims youngsters are struggling to cope with daily life because of severe problems their parents are facing such as job losses, illnesses and family breakdowns.
The charity says more than half (57%) of frontline staff in Wales are seeing children who need more emotional support while services are being reduced due to budget cuts.
The charity runs more than 100 services in Wales and says staff are reporting a deterioration in children's mental health with a fifth (20%) reporting children needing help with self-harming and self-poisoning.
Jan Leightley, Director of Children's Services at Action for Children in Wales, said, "Children are bearing the brunt of problems within families which is having catastrophic effects on their emotional health.They have to cope with problems that even adults are struggling to deal with."
A leading foster care provider has warned that Wales is on course for a fostering crisis.
Action for Children says there's already a shortage of carers here - and the problem's getting worse, because many potential carers don't think that they're eligible to foster.
Its research found that half of people in Wales wrongly think those over the age of 55 can't foster.
36 percent think you can't do it if you live in rented accommodation - and 12 percent believe men can't be the main carer.
Former Dragons' Den star Richard Farleigh told Daybreak he views foster care as "society's band-aid".
Farleigh, who was taken into foster care at an early age, said fostering "repairs cases and puts children back into society".
He said being fostered "completely changed my life":
Action for Children has launched the 'Fostering Myth Busting Campaign' today, which aims to dispel the most common myths that prevent people from becoming foster carers.
The charity says it is surprised at the lack of understanding around foster caring in Wales, and that those myths are preventing people from finding out about fostering, and adding to the worsening foster care crisis in Wales.
Action for Children, a leading foster care provider, found that, in Wales:
- 50% wrongly think you can't be a carer if you are over 55
- 36% wrongly think you need to stay in full-time employment to be a carer
- 36% wrongly think you can't foster if you live in rented accommodation
- 31% wrongly think you can't be a carer if you are gay
- 12% wrongly think you can't be the main foster carer if you are a man
2,004 people around the UK were surveyed by Populus between 17-19 July.
The charity has launched an online 'Myth Busting Academy' on its website, to give people more information on who can foster.
Nine percent of people in Wales don't understand what fostering means, and what rights and responsibilities a carer has.
A child or young person is fostered when they can't live with their own family due to temporary problems they are facing, such as drug and alcohol abuse, or ill health.
A foster care charity is warning that "we are on course for a crisis in Wales", because many potential carers are not coming forward as they don't know that they are eligible to foster.
There are currently 3,300 children in foster care in Wales, and a shortage of 600 carers this year alone. Action for Children is concerned the situation will only get worse.
It says that a number of myths - including the fact that half of people wrongly think you can't foster if you are over 55, and 31 per cent wrongly believe you can't be a carer if you are gay - are stopping people from coming forward.