SAFE@LAST | Depaulcharity

SAFE@LAST | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.


LocationWho we help
South YorkshireSAFE@LAST provides services and support for children and young people who are 16 and under and at risk of harm before, during and after running away.
How we helpHow to volunteer or get involved
We provide a range of services from prevention to crisis intervention, including a 24-hour helpline, one-to-one support for children and young people and the preventative education programme.Call or email SAFE@LAST to discuss how you can get involved.
Contact detailsAbout us
Phone: 01909 566977, Helpline (24 hrs): 0800 335 7233, Email: supports children and young people in South Yorkshire who are at risk through running away.

SAFE@LAST is a service based in South Yorkshire which provides support to children and young people at risk through running away. It became part of Depaul UK in October 2016.

Every year, around 100,000 children and young people in the UK run away from home or care. South Yorkshire Police received reports of 2,109 children going missing in 2014-15. 

Running away or going missing is recognised as a symptom that something is not well in a child’s life. When things go wrong, young people do not always know how, or feel able, to ask for help.

Instead, many of them run away from home or care and become exposed to great risks to survive. Children who run away from home or care are some of the most vulnerable children in our society. Many of them are known to children’s services before they run away.

As a majority of young runaways are adolescents, particularly older adolescents, they are not always perceived by professionals as vulnerable enough to require support, but as resilient and able to cope. Thus, many of them are left on their own to deal with their issues, often resulting in more frequent episodes of running away and behaviour that is perceived to be challenging.


SAFE@LAST provides a range of services to keep children safe whether they have run away or are thinking about running away, including:

  • An Education and Prevention Project: We deliver work in schools to educate and inform children and young people about the risks and dangers of running away and where they can get support, aiming to prevent them from reaching a point where they think running away is their only choice.
  • One-to-one outreach work: We provide young people with an opportunity to talk to someone who is independent about the reasons why they ran away and work with them to reduce their running away episodes and the risks they are exposed to. This work is provided on a one-to-one basis where the worker usually meets with the young person weekly for as long as they need.
  • Helpline: We operate a helpline that young people can call, text or webchat on.  The helpline provides listening support and advice. We give young people information so they can make informed choices and empower them to make positive choices, providing support and help without judgment. 
  • Family one-to-one support: Families of young people who run away or have been missing are supported in keeping their young people safe and improving family relationships within the family home.

We accept referrals from external agencies, young people themselves, parents or carers.


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