Making stations safer together

  • Date: 03 February 2023
  • In: UK

Railway Children is working across the rail network to make more people in the rail community aware of what to look out for and how to respond to vulnerable children.

We have created Safeguarding Action Groups at five stations in the UK to bring people together to actively identify, and report concerns they have for young people at a station, on a train, depot or on the tracks.

Here's Joe Clay, UK Regional Manager - East, explaining more.

It’s more than just attending a meeting. It’s about helping people recognise that keeping children safe on the network is everyone’s responsibility and it’s not something we can do alone.

We know from our work in India that working closely with all the communities in and around stations will create a stronger more effective safety net for children.

Currently operating at Manchester, Birmingham New Street, Glasgow Central, Hull and London Waterloo, members of our Safeguarding Action Groups engage in various activities such as training, briefings and events at the station challenging perceptions and encouraging discussion.

They include people from across the station and rail industry - Station Managers, British Transport Police Officers, ticket staff, barrier staff, shop workers, cleaners and security staff. By bringing these people together we know that we can have more eyes and ears looking out for children at risk.

Together we’ll be able to keep more children safe from harm.