We work with the transport industry on programmes that keep these young people safe and educate those on the transport front line in how best to protect the vulnerable people they may meet. We also have projects to help young people as part of our long-term vision of creating a national safety network.
Our projects support young people who British Transport Police (BTP) have identified as at risk. In 2017 British Transport Police dealt with nearly 7,000 incidents where there was a concern for a child’s welfare and this year they anticipate this number to increase to 10,000. We focus our work on areas with the highest number of incidents. Currently we have a project in Manchester covering the North West of England, and will shortly be opening another in London.
Our project workers take referrals directly from BTP when their officers identify a young person at risk using public transport. Our team assesses the young person’s situation, establishes whether they need further support, and identifies who is best placed to provide this.
Our project workers can:
Some work is conducted face-to-face and some over the telephone, depending on the needs of the family and young people and their location. Our aim is to launch further projects across the UK at key locations over the next five years.
Our projects only work with young people who have been referred by British Transport Police.
The North West project can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.