The Feeling Safe Project seeks to increase young women’s resilience against sexual exploitation, gaining knowledge, skills and confidence in feeling safe.
Women aged 18-24 are supported to recognise sexual exploitation, identify risks and seek help when needed. Sexual exploitation does not simply stop because a young person reaches their 18th birthday and the impact of such abuse can reverberate into adulthood. 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.
The project includes the following services:
– 1-2-1 Floating Support to help service users address factors in their lives that make them more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, including mental health, homelessness, drug addictions, lack of family and friendship networks and unresolved past trauma and abuse.
– Criminal Justice Support through visiting young women in HM Prisons, supporting them on the day of their release, and offering further criminal justice support within the community such support to court and liaising with probation services.
– Awareness Raising sessions delivered on a 1-2-1 basis or in group settings within the community to increase young women’s understanding of exploitation, covering key topics like healthy relationships, grooming, consent and online safety. The Feeling Safe team have also created some online videos which raise awareness of some of the main issues faced by those at risk of sexual exploitation and abusive relationships.
– Peer-support group for young women to reduce isolation, increase confidence and learn new skills including an annual summer programme of activities.
– Horse therapy sessions to improve confidence and mental wellbeing
£10 helps pay for a young woman to learn about the risks of grooming and how to keep herself safe. You can give a gift here today.
We are very grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund who support the Feeling Safe project. You can read more about the new National Lottery grant here.