What are Safeguarding on Transport projects?

Railway Children has partnered with BTP to raise awareness of safeguarding issues among the rail community and to provide a service to young people that BTP have identified as being at risk while using transport systems in the North of England, Yorkshire and Humberside and London. In 2019, BTP dealt with nearly 9,000 child safeguarding incidents on the rail network, 13% more than in 2017/18 and 81% more than the previous year. In 2017, British Transport Police dealt with nearly 7,000 incidents where there was concern for a child’s welfare and this year that number is expected to increase to 10,000. Our work is focused on areas which consistently generate high numbers of safeguarding reports.

How we work

Our project workers take referrals directly from BTP for young people 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.

Our project workers can:

•Offer information and advice
•Advise young people and parents/carers about other services
•Advocate for young people and/or their parents/carers
•Work with young people and parents/carers individually or together

Some work is conducted face-to-face and some over the telephone, depending on the needs of the family and their location.

Issues young people referred to us are dealing with:

  • Running away
  • Mental health
  • Suicide
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Drug running
  • Victims of crime
  • Grooming (online, strangers and peer)
  • Bullying
  • Domestic violence
  • Neglect
  • Being in care
  • Lack of support and needing someone to listen
  • Poor parenting
  • Trespassing
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Unhealthy friendships & relationships
  • Perpetrator of crime
  • Anti-social behaviour]
  • Trafficking & county lines

Our staff

All staff have a current DBS and these details are available should you need them.

Staff come with a wealth of knowledge and skills having over 10 years’ experience working in this field with young people and families.

Staff are trained in relevant areas relating to safeguarding, child protection and issues affecting the young people we meet.

We are experience in being involved in Child Protection Conferences, LAC Reviews, Core Groups etc.

We use a solution focus approach to supporting young people and families to make changes, improvements and equip them to manage and continue to make changes when our work together comes to an end.

With the young person a support plan is created using Teen Star and this work is reviewed and mapped to demonstrate what areas of support are needed, where issues are not improving but also to celebrate success and change.

Our aim is to support young people for as long as support is needed, this is as long as we are making a difference and that young people and families want to work with us.

We can offer weekly sessions to young people either meeting the young person at home, school or in the community.

Regular contact/updates will be given to any professionals working any young person referred to us.