Report commends charity’s methods

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Children and young people’s charity Safe@Last is celebrating after the findings of an independent evaluation highlighted the importance of its services for young runaways across South Yorkshire.

The evaluation, commissioned by international charity Railway Children, reports the findings of a year-long independent review of the Reach model used by Safe@Last to deliver prevention and support services for young runaways.

The charity offers a 24 hour helpline, one to one support, an education programme, a street work project and the only refuge in England for under-16s.

Director Tracy Haycox said: “Reach is all about diffusing problems before they get so bad children are put at risk.”

Terina Keene, Railway Children’s Chief Executive, said: “This report provides compelling evidence that Reach is a viable option.”