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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.

Who we are

Between April 2018 and March 2018 6,207 children and young people were reported missing in the South Yorkshire area.

Safe@Last was founded in 2000 to help children and young people at risk of running away, and is now part of the Depaul UK family.

The services we provide include:


  • Prevention workshops in schools to educate children about the dangers of running away from home.
  • One-to-one support for children and young people and their families.
  • A 24-hour helpline for children and young people.
  • Support for other professionals around running away and

related issues.

We work throughout the South Yorkshire area, and deliver
prevention workshops and performances in schools around the country.

Running away from home is a complex issue which is often a
symptom of other problems. Safe@Last supports young people who have suffered neglect, physical abuse, self harm, conflict and violence at home, sexual exploitation and mental health problems.

We are lucky to have the support of our community and many wonderful fundraisers within it; we could not continue the important work we do without generous donations from our supporters.

SAFE@LAST supporters trek across the Sahara desert

Where we work

SAFE@LAST delivers services to young people across all four boroughs in South Yorkshire and offers workshops and performances to schools around the country.

Our history

Safe@Last was founded by Hilary Massarella in 2000, and has helped and supported tens of thousands of children and young people since then.

Thanks to our work in schools and our offer of dedicated one-to-one support for the most vulnerable, South Yorkshire has led the way in preventing children from running away.

In 2016 Safe@Last merged with Depaul UK, a national youth homelessness charity with an established presence in South Yorkshire.


“Safe@Last has helped our family because there is no more arguing. The arguing got me down most nights and me, my sister and mum didn’t talk much. Now we sit down on a night and talk and watch films - we spend more time with each other."

Safe@Last Family Support client