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We want to stop exploitation to keep children and young people safe from harm - our direct practice looks to change the systems that are failing young people.

Our services and Covid-19 update

In the light of new rules announced by the Government for people not to mix with others, we are carefully reviewing the risks posed by our face to face services to ensure we keep vulnerable young people and staff safe. 

We’re providing support in ways that best fit the young people we work with and this includes phone, online and, where safe, face-to-face support.  

Our teams are working tirelessly to reconfigure our services, to comply with government advice, but support some children who are really at risk. 

We are working collectively with our partners and say to other organisations that work with young people: we’re here to help and work together in communities and local areas as you need us. 

We will continue to innovate and adapt as we need to. This is an enormous effort from every corner of the charity. 


With your help, our services to keep children safe supported almost 10,000 children and young people last year.

The types of support we provide are listed lower on this page.

You can also use our interactive map to find where our services are in your area, or visit our regional pages:

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Our work to stop child criminal exploitation and county lines

Find out more the work we are doing to protect vulnerable young people from the threat of criminal exploitation and county lines.

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Our work to tackle child sexual exploitation

We support children and young people intensively to cope with the trauma of sexual exploitation. Our specialist staff spot the warning signs and make this exploitation stop.

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Young refugees and migrants

Discover the range of young refugee, asylum seeker and child migrant programmes we have in place throughout the UK to help young people rebuild their lives.

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Missing from home services

Our services support children and young people who go missing from home or care, or are at risk of doing so.

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Supporting young people experiencing mental health and emotional well-being problems

We run services around the country for young people who are desperately in need of mental health support. Our services include therapeutic support, befriending, counselling or advice.

Children affected by adult substance misuse

We are leading the way in developing programmes to identify and support children living in families where parents are affected by drugs or alcohol misuse.

Advocacy services

We ensure that children in care or in the child protection system have a say in important decisions that are made about their lives.

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Post adoption and care service

Our service is an 'Access to Records' service, sharing records with those who were either adopted or in the care of our homes (which we no longer run)

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Participation

Participation means creating and promoting positive opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to get actively involved in all areas of our work.

We worked with over 9,872 vulnerable children and young people last year, while our policy changes will improve the lives of more than half a million children.

Do you have a safeguarding concern?

If you think a child could be in immediate danger contact the police at once on 999

The Good Childhood Report 2019

Read about the reality of modern childhood and young people's well-being.