Our work at community level in the UK
In the UK, many people find it difficult to believe that there are children at risk on the streets, and raising public awareness is a vital part of our work. Our work at community level aims to make vulnerable children visible to society and to help people to understand the issues that cause children to run away and the dangers they face.
But we can’t be everywhere all the time. We can reach many more children with the help of communities working as our eyes and ears. With the support of our partners in the rail industry, we are also creating a national safety network to protect vulnerable children on and around the UK's transport system.
We are currently establishing Safeguarding Action Groups at key stations across the UK. We are also working closely with British Transport Police and other key industry partners to promote safety, raise awareness around the issues that young people face and to highlight vulnerability across the rail network. This is done through joint patrols, pop up stalls and supporting joint operations.
Spotting the signs
We have partnered with British Transport Police (BTP) to develop our Safeguarding on Transport programme. Through the delivery of this training we are helping people know what to look out for and how to respond to children in danger on and around the transport system.