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Voluntary sector organisations

Missing People

Missing People provide support and advice for families via a national 24 hour Freefone helpline for people who are missing someone. They also provide assistance in the search with publicity posters, web appeals and in the media via a network of media partners who make regular appeals on the charity's behalf. There is a Runaway Helpline (a national, free, confidential service) for anyone who has run away from home or care, or been forced to leave home. The charity also provide a ‘Message Home’ service ( a 24 hour Freefone service that helps missing adults to reach advice, support and to reconnect with their family or carers via a message or three-way call).

Children’s Society

The Children's Society is a children's charity which wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. It is a Christian charity committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways. The charity gives a voice to disabled children, helps young refugees to rebuild their lives and provides relief for young carers. Through their campaigns and research, they seek to influence policy and perceptions to improve child protection so that young people have a better chance in life.


Barnardo's transforms the lives of vulnerable children across the UK through the work of their projects, campaigning and our research expertise. As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 190,000 children, young people and their families every year. The charity runs over 800 vital projects across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.


The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that they can make a difference for all children. That’s why they aim to end cruelty to children in the UK. All of their services, advice, support, campaigning and education activities are driven by these four principles: focus on areas in which they can make the biggest difference; prioritise the children who are most at risk; learn what works best for them; and create leverage for change.


Parents & Abducted Children Together (PACT) is a non-profit organisation registered in the UK and the US. It was founded in 1999 by Lady (Catherine) Meyer. PACT is an associate of the US-based International Center for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), which was co-founded by Ernie Allen and Catherine Meyer in 1998. They campaign, research and help make policy. For more than a decade, they have been fighting for a better and more coherent response to the growing problem of missing and abducted children at home and abroad.

Railway Children

Railway Children is an international children's charity. They fight for vulnerable children who live alone at risk on the streets, where they suffer abuse and exploitation. In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’. Railway Children race to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before an abuser can. Their pioneering work enables them to get to street children before the streets get to them.


They operate the only telephone advice line in the UK offering practical, impartial advice, information and support to parents, family members, and guardians who have had their child abducted, as well as parents and guardians who may have abducted their child. They also provide advice, information and support to parents who fear their child may be at risk of abduction and assist and advise in international contact issues and cases of ´permission to remove´.


SAFE@LAST is a registered charity working with and on behalf of young people at risk through running away. They are based at Dinnington, Nr Sheffield and were established in response to an acute need for services for the 1 in 9 children under the age of 16 in South Yorkshire who are affected. They provide a 24 hour Helpline, a Missing Young People’s service, a Preventative education programme and, most remarkably of all, the only Refuge in England for children and young people under the age of 16.

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