What is YMCA WiSE?
YMCA WiSE works across Brighton and Hove, Surrey and East Sussex to support children and young people to stay safe in their relationships.
The children and young people we work with are in lots of different situations and relationships. Things like being pressured into doing sexual things you don’t want to do, not being or feeling safe online, running away from home/care, sexting, abusive relationships, grooming and sexual exploitation.
These things can happen to any child or young person. It’s not about gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, where you live or where you go to school. It’s never the child or young person’s fault.
What does YMCA WiSE do?
We can provide support to children and young people up to the age of 25 who need and want our help. This might be through one to one work with a YMCA WiSE Project Worker, joint support with an existing professional involved in the child or young person’s life, group work or outreach.
There are loads of different factors that might make someone vulnerable to an abusive or exploitative relationship or situation. The sorts of topics we address include: body image, self esteem, friendships, family relationships, consent, rights and responsibilities, sexting, pornography, sextortion, online and smart phone safety, assertiveness, negotiating skills, sexual health, understanding positive and negative relationships, grooming and sexual exploitation.
We also provide training and awareness raising workshops to schools, community and voluntary sector organisations, local authority teams, police, health practitioners and through the LSCB training programme.