All young Londoners impacted by violence and exploitation should have a positive and productive future.

However, we recognise that many young Londoners affected face daily challenges around safety and accessing services, which can have an impact on their emotional wellbeing.

Safer London seeks to build strong and trusted relationships with each young Londoner we work with. We advocate on their behalf and work alongside them to decrease risk, increase safety and improve lives. Through these relationships and by looking at the causes behind violence and exploitation in the wider context of their lives, we put the right support systems in place that not only benefit the young person, but the wider community as well.

This includes emotional wellbeing support, assistance in accessing employment and training , housing advocacy and specialist support for girls and women.

We know the impact that violence and exploitation has on parents and carers. At Safer London we have dedicated family workers, who work with them to develop their confidence and ability to help keep their children safe.

Young Londoners and their families affected by violence

We deliver one on one support to young men and women and their families, who are impacted by violence in the community.

Working in partnership with organisations, including Department for Work and Pensions and London Community Rehabilitation Company, we provide caseworker support from a trauma responsive approach, as well specialist services that are tailored to the needs of the young person.

Who is this service for

Safer London supports young men and women aged 16 to 24, who are at significant risk of harm of violence in the community, at risk to themselves, or who pose a risk of harm to others. The young person must be motivated and willing to work with Safer London.

We can support young Londoners living in any borough who aren’t already receiving support from local services, or other statutory organisations, or if the services they require aren’t available locally to them.

How to make a referral

We welcome enquiries and referrals from all areas of the community whether directly from young people affected, their families, friends or community groups.

As well as professionals in statutory or non-statutory services who have concerns about the safety of those they come into contact with.

We encourage you to call us to discuss any potential referral before completing a referral form so that we can be sure it’s the right service for the young person. Please call us on 020 3745 8374, our expert team can provide advice and guidance and will assess whether the case is suitable for our service.

Alternatively professionals can email us a referral form by emailing us at referralandassessmentteam@saferlondon.org.uk (secure) referralandassessmentteam@saferlondon.org.uk.cjsm.net (secure). For non CJSM users please send secure emails via Egress.

Young Londoners and their families affected by sexual exploitation and abuse

We work with young Londoners, providing dedicated support to those who are at risk of, or who have experienced, sexual violence or exploitation. We champion their voices and challenge negative stereotypes, to ensure they receive the best possible support.

We provide support to parents and carers whose loved ones have experienced child sexual exploitation. Even if the child or young person is not currently engaging with Safer London’s services.

We also offer specialist consultations around the needs of an individual young Londoner, or to address concern in contexts outside the family, such as peer groups or places, when our direct support may not be available or appropriate.

This may include but is not limited to offering reflections on a situation, advice around safeguarding and protection processes, suggestions of resources that could be used with the young Londoner or their family and an outline work plan, advice on approaches and understanding the role of trauma and/or intersectional factors such as gender or race on the child’s experience.

Who this service is for

Safer London supports children and young people of any gender aged 11 to 18 who are, or have been, affected by child sexual exploitation or sexual abuse not perpetrated within the family context, young people who go missing from home or care and young people who present with harmful sexual behaviour (where there is no current police investigation).

At this time we work in the following boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Hackney, Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark.

How to make a referral

We welcome enquiries and 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 who have concerns about the safety of those they come into contact with.

We encourage you to call us to discuss any potential referral. That way we can be sure it’s the right service for the young person. Please call us on 020 7021 0301, our expert team can provide advice and guidance and will assess whether the case is suitable for our service.

Alternatively you can email us at referralandassessmentteam@saferlondon.org.uk (unsecure), referralandassessmentteam@saferlondon.org.uk.cjsm.net (secure). For non CJSM users please send secure emails via Egress.

Young Londoners and their families affected by criminal exploitation

Working alongside partners across the city, we support young Londoners who have been criminal exploitation, including criminal exploitation related to County Lines activity.

Safer London is a key delivery partner on the Rescue and Response project. Through this project we provide specialist support that enables young Londoners to break free from County Lines. By working on a one on one basis, we’re able to advocate for them and ensure they receive the support they need and deserve. 

Who this service is for

For Rescue and Response (County Lines) individuals
must be London based, aged up to 25 and fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • Known, or suspected, involvement in county line
    activity
  • Known, or suspected, association with others who
    are involved in county line activity or being coerced and controlled
  • Known, or suspected, experiences of Child Sexual
    Exploitation, Sexual violence and/or coercion, control or victimisation in the
    context of county line and/or gang activity
  • Missing episodes suspected to be linked to any of
    the above

How to make a referral

Anyone can make a referral as long as the young Londoner meets the criteria.

Referrals for Rescue and Response must be made through the website.

Frequently asked questions

Can I refer a young person without their consent?

As our programmes are voluntary we cannot provide a service without the express consent of the young person.

When working with young Londoners affected by violence we ask that an agreement to access services declaration is completed to signify to signify their motivation and willingness. This is to ensure we are working with committed motivated individuals.

What housing support does Safer London offer?

As an organisation Safer London is not a Housing Provider and we don’t have preferred access to any housing stock.

Our housing offer is that of support. We raise awareness of housing options available to young people in London and provide advice on how best to access that resource. We can advocate on behalf of the young person, referring them to housing providers and speaking on their behalf.

In extreme circumstances where the risk of serious imminent harm is evident and verified, we will seek to assist the most vulnerable to find places of safety. However, it must be noted that decisions about who is deemed vulnerable and therefore in priority need is not determined by us but by the definitions contained within the Housing Act 1996 s189 and the interpretations of that made by Housing Needs departments.

Do you work with young people whilst they’re in custody?

Safer London has two prison-link workers who, dependent on circumstances, may visit people within the last 12 weeks of their sentence who would like to be referred to the service.

However, the intervention will commence in the community upon their release.

What does the support look like

Young Londoners referred to our service are allocated a dedicated support worker who will work with them on a one to one over an extended period of time, usually for six months.

The intervention is tailored to meet the young person’s needs including support surrounding safety awareness, improving health and well-being, improving relationships with peers and family dynamics.

The sessions are delivered in a place that is safe for that young person, whether this by at home, school or elsewhere in the community.

Our specialist family workers work with one on one with parents,