Railway Children is a children’s charity that has been supporting children in the UK and internationally for 25 years. In the UK we are the only children’s charity working directly with British Transport Police (BTP) to support young people who are found to be vulnerable on the rail network.
British Transport Police Officers will refer young people they feel are at risk. This may include being involved with county lines, going missing, exploitation concerns, struggling with their mental health and at risk of harm.
Sadly, the number rises each year.
Our work is focused on areas which consistently generate high numbers of safeguarding reports.
Our project workers take referrals directly from BTP for young people aged 10 to 17 who have been identified as at risk. Workers assess the young person’s situation, establish whether they need further support, and identify who is best placed to provide this.
We support young people who may be going through a tough time with their emotional wellbeing, those feeling isolated and those who have been found at risk at stations, on trains and on tracks across our four project areas. (Northwest of England, Yorkshire and Humberside, London & The West Midlands.)
Our project workers can then visit young people and their families to provide direct support sessions along with advocacy and advice, we liaise with other professionals and help with issues around education, health, safety, and wellbeing.
We can then work together for a number of weeks or months depending on what you need and want. Our staff are experienced youth workers, teachers, family workers and social workers who engage directly with young people and families using a solution focused and person-centred approach to help make positive changes.