Children can be exploited anywhere and are at risk in public places, including those that are regulated by local councils, police and other agencies. While transport hubs can provide safety, shelter and opportunity, they also make the ideal hunting ground for gangs and criminals seeking to exploit and abuse vulnerable children.
In the UK, we work with every vulnerable young person referred to us by British Transport Police to understand exactly what individual support they need. We partner with various other agencies able to provide different services so that each child can get the best support for their situation.
If we can reach a vulnerable child or young person before an abuser can, we have a better chance of preventing abuse and exploitation.