The Feeling Safe Project is for females aged 18-24 who want to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in feeling safe. We support young women to recognise sexual exploitation, identify risks and seek help when needed.
Within our Feeling Safe Project, we offer:
- Workshops and Peer Support, using our bespoke programme ‘Feeling Safe: Knowing Me & Knowing You’
- 1-1 support
- Information and guidance
Our 10 week Feeling Safe: Knowing Me & Knowing You programme was developed in 2014 with funding from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Victim Capacity Fund. The course aims to build self-esteem and assertiveness in relation to feeling safe. We empower and equip learners with a range of skills and strategies to identify risks, take action and seek help when needed. Each creative and interactive session focuses on a different topic including feeling safe, relationships, consent, recognising signs of abuse, grooming and sexual exploitation.
“I kept things to myself for a long time, but they only made things worse. I just hoped that everything would go away, but it didn’t. I knew I needed help.”
Research from women caught up in sex work reveals that over half (some figures suggest up to 75%) were sexually exploited before their 18th birthday (Paying the Price: The Home Office, 2004).
The ‘Feeling Safe’ project has been running since 2012 where it developed organically out of a need within the city and a partnership with The Children’s Society. This partnership highlighted the lack of specialist support for victims of CSE who were aged 18 or over and no longer eligible for children’s services. Our commitment to supporting adult victims of sexual exploitation has led to KairosWWT being the only service in the city offering specialist support to young women aged between 18-24 years affected by child sexual exploitation. We know that sexual exploitation does not simply stop because a young person reaches their 18th birthday and the impact of such abuse can reverberate into adulthood.
How can I find out more?
To find out more about child sexual exploitation, you can download a pdf of our Sexual Exploitation booklet here or view the booklet online.
If you are a professional working with young people affected by sexual exploitation please contact the office for:
- Referrals for 1-1 work (please note we only work with females over 18)
- Referrals onto a Feeling Safe: Knowing Me & Knowing You Programme
- Enquiries into tailored courses (in-house delivery, taster sessions, shorter courses)
Download a referral form here.
The following organisations can help support young people under 18:
- Coventry City Council, Horizon Team 02476 788 555
- Children’s Society, Streetwise 02476 230060
- Creative Optimistic Visions, COV 02476 559 401
You can also be trained as an Approved Provider of the Feeling Safe: Knowing Me & Knowing You resource within your own work with young people by attending a course delivered by The Protective Behaviours Consortium in partnership with KairosWWT.
Practitioners with Approved Provider Status:
J Comery, KairosWWT
S Mason, Creative Optimistic Visions (COV)
B Wooldridge, Barnados
A Orr, Social Work & Interpreting Services Ltd