At Missing People, we provide a free confidential service to children and young people who may have been involved in gangs or county lines and have regular missing episodes.
We accept self-referrals from children and young people and referrals from external professionals and agencies (police, social services, schools, charities, youth organisations etc). We work closely with children, young people and their parents/carers to ensure that the risk of exploitation is minimised and ensure that information is shared between social workers, youth workers and other services that they may be receiving support from.
Our Safe Call team provides a debrief service to children and young people who have recently been missing and have potentially come into contact with gangs or involved in county lines.
Our main objective is to provide a confidential child led service, drawing up safety plans to minimise future exploitation and reduce the risks of missing episodes reoccurring. Our values are to offer a non-judgemental service to ensure these children/ young people have a safe space to talk about their experiences in confidence. We also support the families and carers of those who have missing episodes; providing them with emotional support and guidance.
Our operating hours for the Safe Call team are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm and we also have a free 24 hour helpline which is available should support be needed out of hours.