Sefton 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 | Sefton
The service works with young people under 18-years-old across Sefton 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.
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.
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 for missing young people are received directly from the Police. Referrals for young people at risk of CE are received from Social Care.
Volunteer and placement opportunities
You can't volunteer for this service
You can get a placement at this service