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Children can be at risk on transport for a variety of reasons. It’s important for everyone to know what to look out for.


Signs to spot:

  • Behaviour that seems out of place, furtive, scared or emotional, even suicidal
  • Appearance that looks unkempt or shows injuries and signs of self-harm
  • Where young people aren’t dressed appropriately for their age or for the weather
  • Relationships between adults and children that just don’t seem right
  • Exchanges that are aggressive or violent
  • Signs of alcohol or drug misuse
  • Children alone during the school day or late at night


Are you worried about your own child?

Around a third of the children that come to the attention of British Transport Police (BTP) have run away from home or care. 

If you feel a child, you know may head onto the rail network when missing or having a crisis you can report your concerns to BTP by calling them on 0800 40 50 40, or text them on 61016. In an emergency, always call 999.

Are you worried about your child for another reason or just need someone to talk to? You can get information and advice from these free helplines:


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