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Safety plea ahead of London’s all-night tube service

Release Date: 19 Aug 2016

We’re urging workers to play a part in helping to keep young people safe at night, as Transport for London’s first night tube services launch on Friday.

Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, said:

As London’s tube starts running a 24-hour service, Barnardo’s is urging night-time workers to keep a look out for vulnerable young people.  

We know that perpetrators target young people in bars, clubs and taxi ranks so we want night-time workers to stay vigilant and have the confidence to report signs of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Barnardo’s has just trained thousands of night-time workers, including dozens of Transport for London workers to play a more active role in protecting young people from exploitation and abuse at night time.

We would urge anyone with concerns about children being exploited or abused to call children’s social services, the police, or 999 if a child is in immediate danger.”

More information:

  • Barnardo's has been tackling child sexual exploitation since 1994 and delivers specialist services in 47 locations. In 2014-15 Barnardo’s worked directly with 3,200 exploited or at risk children in the UK compared with 2,118 in 2012-13.
  • Barnardo's is the leading agency in the UK providing specialist support to children and young people who are victims of sexual exploitation. More information on our work is available here, along with advice on how to spot the signs and prevent exploitation.
  • Businesses or local authorities wanting more information about Barnardo’s training for night time economy workers should call 0151 488 1174 or email julie.dugdale@barnardos.org.uk or kathy.franey@barnardos.org.uk.

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