To make significant and sustained changes for vulnerable and at risk children, we need to ensure their care and protection is a priority for government.
We work in an expert advisory role to influence policy affecting children on the streets and to raise awareness at a government and national level.
We are a member of the English Coalition for Runaway Children, a coalition of children’s charities united in the campaign to support children who run away.
Our Safeguarding on Transport programme was developed following our submission of data from the British Transport Police (BTP) to the Transport Select Committee in 2014 which highlighted the vulnerabilities children face when using the transport network.
The resulting report into Safety on the Railways (Sept 2014) recognised and called for action to address this issue, resulting in us partnering with BTP to develop the ST programme.
We work closely with the Department for Transport and British Transport Police at a senior level to ensure that safeguarding continues to be included in the strategic vision for the rail industry and that plans are in place to identify and respond to vulnerable people.
Through membership of the Home Office Strategic Oversight Group we seek to influence government departments such as the Department for Education (DfE), to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people through policy, resources and rigorous inspection.