St Helens 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 | St Helens
The service works with young people under 18-years-old across St Helens 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.
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.
Work with other agencies
Located across St Helens, Catch22 works in partnership with the St Helens local authority social care services and Merseyside Police.
- Visit the Listen to My Story website for further information about CSE for parents and professionals in the Merseyside area
- Go to the Catch22 Stay Safe Facebook page
- Visit the Victim Care Merseyside website.
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.