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Wirral Missing From Home Service

Ran by Catch22, The Wirral Missing from Home & Care Service also incorporates the Child Sexual Exploitation Service.

It works with young people aged 10 to 18-years-old across the Wirral who are missing from home or care and those at risk of or involved in child sexual exploitation.

What does the service do?

The 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.

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
  • sexual exploitation and abuse
  • 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 72 hours, during which a needs-assessment is conducted.

If you’d like to find out more information about the service then you can contact Vikki McKenna from Catch 22 on 0151 604 3617 or via email at

If you're thinking about running away or want to talk to someone then you can call the helpline number on 0808 168 9698.

More information about Catch 22