I saw a post on Travel Stack Exchange by a minor and tried to respond as best I could, but I'm concerned it may be something beyond the remit of the Q&A format here.

If any admins could take a look and consider whatever safeguarding policies (or similar) are in place, I'd sleep easier.

If that's not possible, what are our options/responsibilities in these situations, across Stack Exchange?

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    Welcome to Meta, @MrHGV... it's an unforgiving place sometimes. FWIW I think you have a valid concern here, but this post may be getting downvoted because it's not really our remit to deal with it. I'm going to re-tag your post as a "support" question rather than a discussion, as that may help SE staff see it. You'll also want to consider contacting Stack Exchange staff directly about this, but there may unfortunately be little they can do without falling into the traps laid by privacy laws.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 21:07
  • This has nothing to do with the Stack Exchange network. It seems to be only realated to Travel.SE, so why not ask it on Meta.Travel.SE? Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 21:07
  • @ArtOfCode - thank you.
    – Mr HGV
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 21:08
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    @SebastianSimon - because, as stated, I'm new here? And I'm trying to flag a possibly urgent issue affecting a real person. If you know how to migrate to a better location, then please help. Thank you.
    – Mr HGV
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 21:10
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    @SebastianSimonSe just because it stemmed from a post on Travel doesn't mean it can't be discussed in a network-wide scope. If discussing concerns for self-harm is valid, why wouldn't this be? And indeed, the way it's phrased, I only took the Travel post as a supporting example, nothing more.
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 22:45

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Thanks for asking. This is a complicated situation: yes, the activity being discussed is dangerous, but it is also sometimes a necessity - there are numerous other questions about traveling as a minor, and more that aren't tagged as such. Indeed, I had to ask a question about this myself on behalf of someone else.

The best thing to do here is to assume good faith and try to provide as much support and guidance as possible - you're off to a good start with your answer, but if you can dig up links to local organizations that might be able to offer direct assistance, that would be a much more useful addition than the cautions you currently have.

As always, downvote and/or flag any answers that provide dangerous advice - this is not the place to tolerate misinformation, as someone may end up hurt or worse as a result.

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