Railway Children recognised at the National Rail Awards 2016

  • Date: 27/09/2016

Railway Children was delighted to be nominated for the 2016 National Rail Safety Award. This achievement recognises Railway Children’s outstanding safeguarding work, and in particular creating a safety network in partnership with British Transport Police (BTP) and staff members from across the rail industry.

The innovative Safeguarding Children on Transport (SCT) programme was developed in order to enhance transport staff’s awareness of vulnerable children and young people using the transport network and to identify appropriate responses to make public transport a safer place.

BTP receive 361 reports of child safeguarding incidents at railway stations around the UK each month on average. The most common incidents were of children running away or having been reported missing, suspected of or a victim of crime, or simply considered to be at risk.

Andy McCullough, UK Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Railway Children, said:

“This is a great achievement for the team and I know every one of them has worked tirelessly in ensuring the programme’s success. By enhancing the awareness of railway staff and retailers at stations, we are creating a network of people who understand, identify and support children who are vulnerable or at risk across the railways.

“The partnership between BTP, the rail industry and Railway Children has been key to getting us to this stage and will be just as important as we to continue to roll out the programme across the UK rail network and expand into other transport sectors."

The National Rail Awards are recognised as among the most prestigious accolades in the rail industry. And with safety always high on public and political agendas, the Safety Award is one of the most important NRA categories. The panel of judges look for a tangible commitment to improving safety and are more likely to recognise a change that influences safety for years to come. Equally, the Safety Award is not just about spending money, but about showing a really effective determination to run the safest possible railway. This award encompasses all aspects of safety, including the personal safety of staff and passengers.