Safeline believes sexual violence can be prevented. We offer a comprehensive range of free, tailored, high quality, evidence-informed prevention/early Intervention projects for vulnerable children, parents, teachers and other professionals, that helps prevent all forms of child sexual abuse and supports those already affected from being re-victimised.
Safeline have been providing evidence based and tailored Prevention and Early Intervention projects for over 12-years and we have supported an estimated 10,000 children/young people, teachers, parents/carers, and other professionals. The knowledge and insights gained from working with, so many people have helped us:
- Understand what activities best prevent sexual violence in all its forms
- What support children/young people need to cope and recover from all forms of sexual violence and avoid re-victimisation.
- Address abusive attitudes and behaviours of children/young people
- Train teachers, parents/carers, and other professionals to recognise, children/young people affected by sexual violence or displaying abusive behaviours, and how they can help address them.
- Raise awareness and understanding about child sexual abuse across the public and professionals and outline what can be done to prevent it.
Safeline has developed a comprehensive range of high-quality prevention services ‘under one roof’, which enables us to cater for all the support needs of children/young people and others, (including all 9 protected characteristics). This allows us to develop personalised/tailored programmes of support that meets the unique needs of the child and their family.
Clients also have free access to all other Safeline services, including trauma-informed counselling and psychotherapy, (Face-to-Face/Telephone/online), group work and creative therapies, (art and play), Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy and Helpline support.
We have embedded monitoring and evaluation systems that help us:
- Evidence that our interventions are effective at preventing abuse and supporting those already affected.
- Determine ways to further improve the design and delivery of our services
- Provides insights/information for learning and development that we can share with other organisations, funders, stakeholders to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence
Our services fully conform with safeguarding best practice, and we work together with different professionals/agencies to help prevent/minimise the impact of sexual violence.
Find out what young people had to say about their experiences at our projects by visiting the Safeline Young People Website SLYP
The Safeline Social and Personal Development Programmes for schools
For children and young people aged 9 to 18 years. A project that helps vulnerable children and young people develop in a positive way whilst ensuring that they are safe from harm.
The programmes enable young people to develop important life skills (teamworking, problem solving etc), improve their mental health and self-esteem to reduce their vulnerability and learn about healthy relationships. They are educated on how to deal effectively with issues that directly impact them, such as bullying, internet safety, child sexual exploitation, positive and negative relationships, drugs and alcohol abuse and gang culture.
Activities include drama, dance, music, creative arts, football, boxing, health and fitness training and tennis. Students work to obtain an ASDAN accredited award.
Safeline One to One Support
Specialist one to one tailored support for high risk, victimised children and young people aged 9 – 18. Support covers a wide range of issues that put them at risk, including social media issues, anger management, relationships, child sexual exploitation and self-harming.
This one-to-one support includes the 6 – 8 week Safeline Safer Relationship Course for those at risk of abuse or affected by it. Students receive an ASDAN PSHE accreditation and are encouraged to become peer mentors and support others in the future.
Safeline Peer Support Group for Young People
Our Peer Support Group is for young people aged 11-18 years. The group enables vulnerable young people to share their experiences and gain emotional and moral support from the other group members and to develop new friendships. The sessions are focused on art, drama, singing sport, cooking and a variety of other activities.
Safeline No Racism Here Project
Supports vulnerable children/young people aged 9 – 18 who have suffered racism and other forms of abuse. This project focusses on equality for all and includes in-depth discussions on Hate Crimes and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Language and harmful vocabulary are key discussion points and an understanding of the impact of community perceptions regarding race and culture.
Students are empowered to share their experiences of prejudice and racism and together develop a plan of how to overcome and resolve future discrimination at school or within the wider community.
Safeline believes that the programme enables young people from ethnic minority backgrounds to feel better supported, with an understanding that they will be treated equally and that they feel safe to report any form of abuse including sexual abuse. Participants take part in a presentation and receive an ASDAN PSHE accreditation.
The course participants are empowered to share their experiences of prejudice and racism and together develop a plan of how to overcome and resolve future discrimination at school or within the wider community.
The Safeline Drama Project
For children and young people aged 11 to 18 years during school holidays over a 4-day period. This project uses drama to help children and young people recognise, understand and deal with the issues they have faced that makes them vulnerable. With the support of a drama specialist, students create and perform a piece of drama based on issues that have directly affected them, e.g., child sexual abuse, grooming, bullying, internet safety and healthy relationships. They perform the drama in front of a live audience at the end of the project. The project helps develop healthy relationships, improves mental-health and self-esteem, and helps prevent sexual violence or re-victimisation of children/young people already affected.
The Safeline Music Project
This project uses music to help children and young people aged 9 – 18 recognise, understand and deal with the issues they have faced that makes them vulnerable.
It is a unique opportunity for young people to work with established musicians. The students write and record a song based on issues that have directly affected them, e.g., bullying, child sexual abuse, grooming, internet safety and healthy relationships. They record the song in a recording studio, and they are given a copy so they can share it with their family and friends and in the wider community.
The project helps develop healthy relationships, improves mental-health and self-esteem, and helps prevent sexual violence or re-victimisation of children and young people already affected.
The course takes place over 5 days in school holidays.
Prevention of Harmful Behaviours Course
A tailored 4-week course for children and young people aged 9 to 18 years who display abusive attitudes and behaviours that may lead to crimes of violence and sexual violence against others.
This project promotes and supports behavioural and attitudinal change by helping students recognise and understand what healthy relationships, attitudes and behaviours look like and how they can address them.
Awareness Workshops for Students at College or University
Safeline supports young people in further education settings by providing online and face to face awareness seminars focusing on the prevention of sexual abuse and how any young person affected by inappropriate sexual behaviour or sexual abuse can obtain support.
These workshop will increase students’ awareness and understanding of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence, help them identify people who might be displaying abusive behaviours. Give them practical tips and advice on how to deal with issues that might be affecting their safety and know where they can access specialist support. This workshop has been designed to prevent sexual violence in all its forms and support those already affected.
Safeline Employability Course
The Safeline Employability Programme is designed to help vulnerable young people develop the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the workplace. Safeline collaborates with local businesses from a variety of industries/sectors who give their time to help mentor project participants.
Key outcomes of the project include:
- Develop their key social skills such as communication, team working and problem solving.
- Undertaking tasks that Increases participants self-esteem and confidence.
- Improving their ability to complete application forms, CV’s and participate in interviews.
- Exploring different workplace environments.
- Connecting with potential employers.
Support for Parents, Carers and Professionals
Safeline Parent Support Workshop
Delivered to parents online or face to face, Safeline Parent Support Workshops enable parents and carers to understand the risks associated with internet usage, give practical tips and advice on how to support young people with mental health issues and help parents to deal with issues such as cyber and physical bullying.
The workshop also provides parents/carers, with high-quality support that will increase their understanding of the prevalence and impact of child sexual abuse, help them identify if their child is at risk or displaying abusive behaviours. They will also be given information on how to refer their child for specialist support and how to report.
Parents/Carers can also experience trauma if their child has experienced some form of sexual abuse, or they are vulnerable and at risk. To help them cope with their own emotions to better support their child, parents/carers are given access to all Safeline’s other support services, including trauma-informed counselling and psychotherapy, (Face-to-Face/Telephone/online), group work and creative therapies, (art and play), Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy and Helpline support.
Safeline Teacher Training Workshop
Teachers have a critical role to play in preventing sexual violence in all its forms. Safeline’s teacher training workshop is designed to equip teachers in primary and secondary schools and FE colleges with the necessary skills and information to identify the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse both physically and online. They will increase their understanding of the prevalence and impact of child sexual abuse and how to recognise the current methods used by perpetrators. They will learn how to identify and support at risk and vulnerable children and also those children and young people displaying abusive behaviours.
They workshop will include practical tips and advice on how to support a child with mental health issues and deal with issues such as child sexual abuse and exploitation, internet safety, and cyber/physical bullying. They will also know where they can refer a child for specialist support.
Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate
A CISVA is a qualified ISVA who has received specialist training to support children from age 3.View