Supporting vulnerable young people who go missing from home or care

Missing teenage girl laughing with service worker

We are funded by the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, to deliver an enhanced service in all 10 boroughs of the city region to children and young people who have gone missing from home or care.

We work closely with the local authorities, Greater Manchester Police and our key partners Urban Outreach and 42nd Street.

The service includes:

  • Personalised one-one-support to address the issues that are causing the young person to go missing.
  • Engaging them in group work to help them understand risks and how to avoid them.
  • Providing emotional well-being support.
  • Involving the family where appropriate.
  • Building resilience, self-esteem and healthier social and family relationships.
  • Providing access to positive activities.
  • Peer mentoring and support.

Who is this service available to?

Children and young people under the age of 18 who live in any of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs and have gone missing from home or care between two and five times in the last 12 months.

Delivery is starting first in Stockport, Bolton, Rochdale and Salford and from April it will be rolled out to all 10 boroughs including Bury, Oldham, Trafford, Tameside, Manchester and Wigan.

How to access this service

Each local authority has a Missing From Home lead who coordinates missing from home work in their authority. Each lead will work with the Footsteps team to decide which young people fit the criteria and would benefit from the various service models being used.

Service manager: Suzanne Taylor


4 The Pavilions
Bridge Hall Drive
Bury BL9 7NX
United Kingdom
Phone 0161 763 2170
53° 35' 36.8844" N, 2° 15' 56.4804" W