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Who we are

100,000 young people run away each year. We provide services and support for children and young people who are at risk of harm before, during and after running away.

Our History

In 1998 our founder, Hilary Massarella, saw a programme about a young girl. She was 14 years old and had been severely abused by not just one, but a number of adults into whose care she had been placed, beginning with her own mother and father. She was sexual exploited in a lorry park which provided her with the means to run away from what was happening to her.

In response to this need it was in June 2000 that a Management Committee and a Fundraising Group were formed. The Management Committee successfully established SAFE@LAST recruiting a highly skilled Board of Trustees. The Fundraising Group generated funds to support the development of the good practice that we see today and the group continues even now to raise vital funds.

In the last few months, we are pleased to announce we have become part of the Depaul UK family. This means we will be able to continue our vital work in South Yorkshire as well as share our expertise across the country.

As an organisation SAFE@LAST is unique and innovative as it provides a full range of services for young people at risk through running away from prevention to crisis intervention. SAFE@LAST provides a 24 hour helpline that young people can call, text or webchat with, ongoing one to one support for young people and their families and an education and prevention programme that educates and informs children and young people on the risks and dangers of running away.

SAFE@LAST supports young people who present to us with many complex issues including neglect, physical abuse, self harming, conflict and violence at home, sexual exploitation, mental health problems and many more.

SAFE@LAST receives no statutory funding and can only continue to deliver its essential services and keep young people safe with the generous support of the community in which we work.


SAFE@LAST supporters trek across the Sahara desert

Where we work

SAFE@LAST delivers services across all four boroughs in South Yorkshire and continues to strive for excellence resulting in the very best outcomes for young people.

The present day

Overall responsibility for the organisation is held by Depaul UK. Founder Hilary Massarella maintains a significant presence within the organisation.


Day to day management of the services for young people have been developed to a high standard by the Director of Children and Young People's Services, Tracy Haycox.

Our patrons

SAFE@LAST is blessed with dedicated and hard working patrons who contribute to the charity's work in so many ways, we can always call on them to attend and speak at events and they are some of our very best ambassadors as they go about their own jobs and roles within the community.

Kevin Baron

MP Kevin Barron has been a patron of SAFE@LAST since 2007 and last year was delighted to accept the Directory of Social Change's Everyday Impact Award on behalf of the charity. Kevin has seen and supported the good work that has enabled SAFE@LAST to grow from local beginnings to influencing a more comprehensive approach to services for young people at a national level.

Lucy Pargeter

Actress Lucy Pargeter has been a SAFE@LAST patron since 2006. Lucy was bowled over by the young people and the difference that SAFE@LAST was making and has been a constant and loyal supporter ever since; she agreed to become a patron shortly after that first meeting and is always happy to help out when it fits with her very busy work schedule.

The Earl and Countess of Scarbrough

The Earl of Scarbrough became a patron of SAFE@LAST in 2005. He quickly became actively involved in many aspects of SAFE@LAST's work but in particular helping to generate funds from fundraising activities. Since their marriage in 2007 the Countess has also been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of the charity's work. The Earl and Countess have hosted the SAFE@LAST Clay Shoot at their home, Sandbeck Park, for ten years.

Brendan Ingle MBE

Brendan Ingle MBE Brendan was the first Patron of SAFE@LAST and has been a loyal and dedicated supporter of our work since 2003.

Gervase Phinn

Everyone at SAFE@LAST was delighted when author and educator Gervase agreed to become a patron of the charity. His very evident and deep understanding of the needs of all children makes him an ideal patron for SAFE@LAST.

“I think you have helped are family because there no more arguing. The arguing got me down most nights and me, my sister and mum didn’t talk much on a night. We can now sit down on a night and talk and watch films. It has helped a lot we spend more time with each other. Thank you for helping SAFE@LAST”

Taken from a letter from a 14 year old boy whose Mum and Sister have been receiving support from SAFE@LAST.