Empower is our longest-running programme: we’ve been pioneering services for young people who have experienced sexual exploitation since 2011.
We work one-to-one with young women and men. We give them a safe and confidential space to talk about their experiences and relationships. Our incredible team creates a lasting, trusted relationship over six months. We let them know that what happened to them isn’t their fault, and we support them to keep safe.
After working with us, young people are happier, safer, and more confident.
But more than anything, our Empower project has taught us one thing: we need to do more.
We know that we need to educate as many young people about healthy relationships and consent –crucial to preventing sexual exploitation later down the line, so we developed our Education & Group Work programmes. And for young men who are displaying harmful sexual behaviour, we launched our Young Men’s Service.
The Empower project is led by our team of Young People’s Advocates, who offer support to hundreds of young people each year.
We challenge language and attitudes that can blame victims, and we break down the barriers so that young people feel comfortable to tell us what they’ve been through. This means we can give them whatever support they need.
If you are aged 11-18, or you know a young person who would benefit from our help, please contact us.
To find out more about our one-to-one services for young women, please call 020 7021 0301 or email email@example.com
We believe that for every young person being sexually exploited, there is at least one parent or carer who needs support.
The Empower Families project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is the first in London to use this holistic approach: it offers support to parents and carers too, giving them a dedicated Support Worker and one-to-one sessions. These specialists increase parents and carers’ own confidence and ability to advocate for their children, and keep them safe.
We also offer a series of workshops for parents and carers, so they can meet others with similar experiences. These events send a powerful message to parents: you haven’t done anything wrong, and you’re not alone.
If you’re worried about your child, please get in touch on 020 7021 0301 or firstname.lastname@example.org