Young Londoners who display Harmful Sexual Behaviours are often labelled as perpetrators. This labelling only serves to set them back, rather than help them move forward. We work with them, to help them understand the importance of healthy relationships and what can be done to keep them and others safe.

We work with young Londoners displaying lower to medium levels of harmful sexual behaviours. Our bespoke service offer is designed to be preventative. Often the young Londoners we work with may not have a full understanding of their actions or where their behaviours may stem from, or that they themselves need support.

For up to 12 months young Londoners will work with a an AIM3 trained Expert Harmful Sexual Behaviours Caseworker, receiving one to one specialist support to help the young Londoners understand the importance of healthy relationships and what can be done to keep themselves and others safe.

Making a referral

We welcome referrals from all areas of the community whether directly from young Londoners, their families, friends or community groups, as well as professionals in statutory or non-statutory services.

When a young Londoner is referred into Safer London, our Front Door team screens and processes each referral. The team then allocates a dedicated Expert Caseworker to the young Londoner, taking into consideration each child or young person’s individual circumstances and needs.

Referral Criteria

We can work with children and young Londoners living in any London borough aged 11 to 18 (up to 25 for those with neurodiverse needs/conditions) who are displaying lower to medium levels of harmful sexual behaviours.

 

How to make a referral

As our services are voluntary, we can’t work with a young Londoner without their consent and this must be sought before a referral is made.

Once a referral is received the Front Door team will contact the young Londoner to confirm their consent. Unfortunately, we will have to close the referral if the consent isn’t confirmed.

When working with young Londoners we ask that an agreement to access services declaration is completed. This is so the young Londoner understands the nature of the intervention, and that they are happy to go ahead with the support. The agreement to access services declaration is completed with support of the young Londoner’s Caseworker in their first session.

When making a referral it is important you complete each section of the form with as much detailed information as possible. This will allow us to effectively process the referral and get the young Londoner the support they need.

Once you have submitted your referral, we will confirm receipt within 2 day working days. In this we will also include any requests for additional information, this may also include a request for any documents that may be needed to support the referral. Although we do understand sometimes this isn’t possible, we do politely ask you respond to any requests within five working days, as this significantly speeds up the process of allocating a Caseworker to the young Londoner.

To make a referral for a young Londoner please complete the online form.

Please note: our online form is not compatible with Internet Explorer. We recommend using a different browser such as Google Chrome.

If you have any queries please email the Front Door team at referralandassessmentteam@saferlondon.org.uk

Frequently asked questions

What does the support look like?

The Expert HSB Caseworker works with young Londoners, providing specialist one to one support that has been tailored to meet the needs of the child or young person. Sessions are delivered in a place that is safe for the young Londoner, whether this by at home, school or elsewhere in the community.

Interventions can last anywhere between 3 to 12 months dependent on the young Londoner’s needs. The length of the intervention is decided on a case-by-case basis and is reviewed regularly throughout the intervention.

I can’t access the referral form

Make sure you are using Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge when accessing the link. Other issues not allowing the form to open could include:

  • An unstable internet connection.
  • Firewall protection set up by your organisation – in this case please speak to your IT department/provider.
The referral form is asking me for a log in

If you are asked for a log in to access the form this is because you either have bookmarked the referral link or copied and pasted the link from your browser window.

Every time you wish to put in a new referral, you must do so by coming back to this page and clicking the link to the online form.

I am in the form, but I am unsure what information is required to complete it

Please check the ‘How to Make a Referral’ section on this page. If you need further assistance in completing the form please email our Front Door team referralandassessmentteam@saferlondon.org.uk at or call them on 0207 021 0301

The referral form won’t submit

If your form won’t submit it’s likely that your session has timed out. This can happen:

  • due to a loss of internet connection,
  • if you have had the form open for four hours and not submitted.

Unfortunately, the form doesn’t save information as you go. You will need to start the application again from the beginning.

I have made a referral, but haven’t heard anything yet

We aim to get back to you within two working days of submitting a referral. If you haven’t heard from us and the timeframe has passed, please email the Front Door team referralandassessmentteam@saferlondon.org.uk.