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Knowsley Missing from Home and Child 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 aged 5 to 18-years-old | Knowsley

The service works with young people under 18-years-old across Knowsley who are missing from home or care.

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.

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.

Work with other agencies

Catch22 works in partnership with local authority social care services and Merseyside Police.

Referral options for this service

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

Referrals are received from the Missing From Home Coordinators within Merseyside 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.