Pan Cheshire Missing and Child Sexual Exploitation Service

Works alongside young people, their families and the police to find out what has caused them to run away and prevent them from running away again in the future.

Young people under 18-years-old | Pan Cheshire

The service works with young people under 18-years-old across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington who are missing from home or care or who are experiencing or at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Every three minutes a child runs away from home or care; they could be forced out by their parents or carers, fleeing conflict or abuse in the home.

Missing from home or care

Catch22 works alongside young people, their families and the police to find out what has caused them to run away and prevent them from running away again in the future. Download our leaflet for parents and carers here.

Help is provided for young people who have run away who are at risk of:

  • becoming involved in crime to survive, from stealing to criminal gang involvement
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • mental and sexual health issues
  • exclusion from school and failure to meet educational milestones.

After each missing episode, a face-to-face interview with the young person is conducted after 48 hours, during which a needs-assessment is conducted. Find out more in our young people’s leaflet.

The service runs a dedicated helpline 0808 168 9698 and provides support to young people who have run away or need advice as well as family and friends who are concerned about runaways.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE)

Comprehensive screening and assessment of young people is conducted to identify CSE risk and incidence, followed by programmes of intervention which enable young people to reflect upon and recognise CSE.

The service offers training to groups of young people (preventative and targeted) as well as professional training to members of the children and young people’s workforce.

Parents, carers and families can find guidance on spotting the signs of CSE here (PDF).

Learn more about Catch22’s approach to preventing CSE.

Work with other agencies

Located across Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington, Catch22 works in partnership with the Cheshire local authority social care services and Cheshire Constabulary.

‘All of the staff work well together and work hard to establish key relationships in each area. Catch22 has made a proactive start in each of the local authority areas, and have been extremely flexible in their service delivery and with their solution focused approach.

I am confident of the positive impact this service will have with children and young people with the continued support from the Constabulary and Local Authorities.’

Clare Myring, Integrated Commissioning Manager, Halton Borough Council

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Referral options for this service

You can't refer yourself
You can't refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

Referrals are received from the Missing From Home Coordinators within Cheshire Police for any young person under the 18-years-old who is missing from home, care, Looked After or has been reported missing more than twice within 90 days, or have been missing for more than 24 hours.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can volunteer for this service
You can get a placement at this service

Volunteers are a significant part of how the service is delivered. They are trained to listen carefully to young people and ensure that their voice is heard. Volunteers are supported, supervised and regularly given additional training, and also help to train and support new volunteers.