Young People's Projects
Our Young People’s Projects work with young people (aged under 18) of all genders who have shown harmful sexual behaviour.
In 2015, the SLF became increasingly aware of the need for Circles of Support and Accountability for young people who have demonstrated sexually harmful behaviour - both as a result of national statistics which show that "between 23-40% of all alleged sexual abuse of children and young people is perpetrated by other young people, mainly adolescents" (Statistics on Child Sexual Abuse, NSPCC, April 2014) and actual requests to the charity for support for young people. In October 2015, the SLF received funding from the Worshipful Company of Weavers to scope out and run Young People's Circles. A Young Peoples Project Manager was appointed in April 2016 and between April and December 2016 the scoping for the project took place.
The Young Peoples project went 'live' in January 2017.
In July 2018 the SLF secured funding from HMPPS to develop an innovative new young people’s project named Apollo. A Project Coordinator was appointed in October 2018 and is currently developing the intervention model. This will draw upon our experience delivering Young People’s Circles of Support and Accountability, the Aurora Project therapy service, and working with adults who have been convicted of sexual offences.
Young people with sexually harmful behaviour
Young people eligible for our projects are likely to be particularly vulnerable. Some will have been abused or neglected themselves and are therefore categorised as both survivor and perpetrator, meaning that working with them effectively is particularly complex. Support packages will be tailored to individual needs and last for around 12 months. Many of the factors which lead to harmful sexual behaviour in young people are similar to those impacting on adults who have offended sexually and therefore we will utilise the expertise and experience we already have from working with this client group. However, what differs from most adults that sexually offend is that children and adolescents are still developing, both physically and psychologically, so well-targeted interventions can be extremely effective in terms of changing attitudes and behaviour, and so, preventing more victims.
Any young person who:
- Is under 18 years of age
- Is living in (or being released to live in) Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire areas, including city centres – referrals from outside of these areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis
- Has shown sexually harmful behaviour – this can include behaviour which has resulted in them receiving a caution or conviction for a sexual offence
- Needs support in managing their sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviours
- Is willing to engage voluntarily with us
When a young person is referred to us we will assess them to determine whether they are suitable and which project they would most benefit from.
For information on our adult projects, please click here.