According to the Howard League in 2012 young women and girls who are sexually exploited do not come to the attention of services and support agencies until they have committed an offence.
Here at New Horizon Youth Centre our Outreach Team works with vulnerable young people on the streets. We take them to places that are safe.
We visit young offenders in prison and help through a support and resettlement service on their release from custody.
Workshops on sexual exploitation, running away from home and homelessness prevention are delivered across London youth clubs, schools and other places where young people hang out.
Our Creating Positive Futures team helps those who have offended, are in custody or leaving care. We work across London – so we will support a young person throughout moves to other areas, both in the secure estate and in prison.
We give practical help with accommodation and jobs, as well as specialised help, such as substance misuse or family mediation. We offer one-to-one support, as well as men’s and women’s groups. Specialist areas include Domestic Violence and Sexual Exploitation services.