What is YMCA WiSE?
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.
What are the signs?
- Feeling pressured into doing things you don’t feel comfortable with;
- Running away from home/care or not being where you should be, like school;
- Offered money, alcohol, drugs, lifts, somewhere to stay or other gifts in exchange for sexual favours;
- In a relationship with someone who tries to control what you do, who you see, how you spend your money, where you stay or other aspects of your life;
- Being threatened, intimidated, manipulated or forced into sexual activity with your boyfriend, girlfriend or other people;
- Meeting random people online and sharing lots of information or pictures.
There may also be other things going on in a child or young person’s life which might make them vulnerable to sexual exploitation or exploitative situations.
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**Please note that the telephone number at the end of this video is incorrect, please refer to contact details on this page**
If you suspect anyone is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999. If a child or young person is currently at risk of significant harm from CSE, refer immediately to your local Children’s Services.
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