Runaway reassurance

Missing People and St Giles Trust SOS have been jointly funded by the Home Office to deliver a project which scopes and tests new ways of working with young people who are criminally exploited to become drug mules. This project will test a Missing People-led pilot of an intervention – called SafeCall.

SafeCall is a scheduled telephone call to children who are referred to us by professionals working with them. They will be offered a non-judgemental, safe space to talk about their experiences in confidence. We will reassure them that there is a way out, support them to explore their choices, and help them formulate a safety plan.

The SafeCall service will also reach out to the child’s parent or carer, offering them a chance to debrief, access emotional support and be guided on how to keep their family safe in the future. 

If you would like to refer someone into SafeCall please use the forms shown. If you require further information, please email safecall@missingpeople.org.uk

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For the child or young person

If the child has been away from home, suspected to have been involved in county lines and would like further in-depth support (outside of the return home interview) - you can refer the child to our SafeCall programme following their consent. Please contact us by sending an email to safecall@missingpeople.org.uk OR call 0208 392 5710 OR online at www.missingpeople.org.uk/safecall.

If the child does not want to access this service, please sign post the child to Missing People’s runaway helpline website www.runawayhelpline.co.uk for more information on support they can access.

For the family member

We know that for family members with a child who is being criminally exploited by a gang and is away from home it can be a really upsetting and worrying time. You can also refer family members, with their consent into this service by sending an email to safecall@missingpeople.org.uk or call 0208 392 5710, or you can make a referral online at www.missingpeople.org.uk/safecall.

 

For Further information

Project lead – Becca Morley- Please direct all communication via the SafeCall information below. 

SafeCall information – Call 0208 392 5710/ Email SafeCall@missingpeople.org.uk

Marketing materials – Partners@missingpeople.org.uk

 

Stop and search app

http://y-stop.org/

Complaints

 

We've set up a system to make it easier for you to complain about stop and search. If you have been treated badly by the police or think something unlawful happened, or even if you don't want to complain to the police but just want to share your experience with Y-Stop, you can now report every stop and search to us via the Y-Stop app!

The Y-Stop app lets you:

  • Report your stop and search experiences or ones you witness
  • Record video/audio of the police interactions and send it to Y-Stop
  • Connect with lawyers and experts for support
  • Make a complaint directly to police
  • Know what your rights are to keep you safe

Self harm

http://www.harmless.org.uk/whoWeSupport/youngPeople

Young people self harm for a number of reasons but the most common is to help them cope with

their feelings or state of mind. This is a learnt 'coping strategy' and helps people feel: calmer, in

control, relief, release and better.

Sometimes people also hurt themselves because they want to punish themselves, out of anger,

fear or lack of confidence.

Mostly there is something that has happened that makes people hurt themselves in the first place,

this can be something that is big or small but it's likely to be something that has effected how you

feel, such as:

bullying

abuse (physical, emotional or sexual)

neglect

family difficulties

boy/girlfriend troubles

housing

loneliness

someone you know dying

pressures from school/college

drug or alcohol problems

eating disorders

family money problems

plus many more

 

 

Please have a look at the section on Self Harm and Suicide for more information as well as visiting http://www.harmless.org.uk

 

BLAST Based in Yorkshire but serves the UK male population

http://www.mesmac.co.uk/projects/blast

Our Mission

The BLAST Project is dedicated to tackling the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men.

We are passionate about ensuring services are available for boys and young men that are equal, inclusive and accessible to them as males and that the issue of male child sexual exploitation (CSE) along with associated myths and barriers and are addressed.

Our ethos and service user centred approach means we put the needs of the boys and young men accessing our service first by following their lead, building a positive relationship with them and providing information and support aiming to increase their safety and understanding, lower their CSE risk and provide them with the skills and resources needed to engage in safer behaviours, make safer choices and deal with the consequences of CSE effectively.

Whilst working in partnership with other services and sharing safeguarding concerns appropriately we maintain our service user centred approach by acting as an advocate for the boys and young men accessing our service, working in a way that promotes their welfare, champions their rights and respects their choices.

The BLAST Project is the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation service supporting and working solely with boys and young men who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing child sexual exploitation (CSE).

We provide services locally across Leeds and Bradford with other services available nationally and we have provided support and information to thousands of boys and young men since 2002.

To date there is no other CSE service in the country supporting only boys and young men.

The BLAST Project is regularly invited to represent boys and young men at local and national conferences, forums and subgroups, including being invited to feed into policy development with the Department for Education.

Please view our video below and contact us to find out more.

 

Resources

Please view our YouTube video below which highlights the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men and how professionals sometimes fail to practice equally and fail identify the warning signs.

You can view more of our videos at our YouTube channel

 

 

B.R.E.C.K

The Breck Foundation is raising the awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet. Breck Bednar was a 14 year old boy, from Caterham, Surrey who loved technology and online gaming. He was groomed via the internet and murdered on February 17th 2014 by someone he met online. This foundation has been set up in his memory to help other young people enjoy playing online but crucially to be aware of some simple rules to stay safe. To always remember that the friends that are made online are not like your real friends. Play Virtual/Live Real

For more information, please visit http://www.breckfoundation.org/

Remember:

Be Aware

Report

Educate

Communicate

Keep Safe

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