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Jamie Case Study (2)

Meet Jamie

Jamie*, a 15-year-old facing challenges at home and school, was referred to us after being attacked and getting involved in drug dealing.

Jamie's story

Jamie was 15 when he was referred to us. He had been living with his sister but, as he was going missing from home more frequently, not attending school and getting involved in dealing drugs, she didn't want him at her home. 

One evening Jamie was attacked with a knife. 

We still don't know who or what led to this attack but suspect it was related to county lines. For two days, Jamie hid the injury on his leg from his sister and from school. It was only when the wound became infected that he shared what had happened and sought medical intervention.

This incident was the last resort. His sister didn't want Jamie living with her any longer as she felt he was putting her daughter, his niece, at risk of harm.

By working with other agencies and professionals we were able to get Jamie some alternative accommodation for a period of time before he returned to his home address. Things are slowly getting better and although he is not in school, he has significantly decreased his instances of going missing and has had no further injuries or attacks. 

Help & Advice

Young people can be vulnerable and at risk for a variety of reasons. It's important for everyone to know what to look out for and how these children can be supported.

Our youth practitioners provide direct, one-to-one support for children and young people at risk on the rail network who may be struggling with their mental wellbeing or feeling isolated.

Many of the children and young people we work with have run away from home or care. If you feel your child may use the rail network when missing or having a crisis, you can report your concerns to British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016. In an emergency, always call 999.

If you have concerns about a child or young person at risk on the rail network, whether they are missing, being exploited or experiencing crisis, you can contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016. In an emergency, always call 999.

*Name has been changed to protect identity.