Railway Children’s work in the UK is changing the lives of young people who find themselves in danger in and around the transport network. Together with British Transport Police, we look out for children who are at risk and make sure they are safe – and stay safe for good. Sometimes this is obvious – a child being beaten up, or robbed or a young person sleeping rough on the platform – we all know they need our help.
What about the troubled teenager hanging out at the station because he’s too scared to go home? What about the girl on the train heading for Euston to visit an older man she met online? What about the child whose schoolbag is carrying drugs for a man who has threatened to hurt him if he doesn’t deliver it? What about the vulnerable children you can’t see?
They now refer any of these vulnerable young people they spot in and around the stations at Manchester to us. Then our support workers make contact with each child and slowly build up a relationship, earn their trust and help make sure they don’t put themselves in danger again. That means working out what’s going on at home, at school, with friends or with family.
Until they learn what is, and what isn’t, a healthy relationship.
Until they have enough self-confidence to say no to gangs.
Until the bullies that are making them miserable are dealt with properly.
Until the drug and alcohol abuse is left behind.
Until they realise that self-harming is not the answer.
Until they stop running away from home and school.
However long it takes, we’ll work out what the problem is and what we need to do to make every child safe. And it works. We’ve seen such great results through our Manchester project that we’re about to open our next one in London. And we won’t stop there. We won’t stop until every child is safe.
With your help we can reach more of them, in more locations across the UK.