What does WiSE do?

WiSE supports young people around staying safe in relationships, online and in the community. 

We work with young people up to 25 years old.   

At some point in our lives, everyone will need support with relationships. This is regardless of our gender, sexuality or background. We work with lots of different people, who have lots of different experiences, and we can help in lots of different ways.  

Who does WiSE work with?

If you’re a young person who is interested in working with WiSE, it’s important that you know that you’ve already got skills when it comes to keeping safe. Our job is to help you to build on these strengths. 

To do this we work with you, and with the people in your life, towards finding the best ways to support you. 

 Everyone we work with is different: some people want to chat a lot, others not very much. That’s ok, because we are happy to adapt how we work.  

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We all have a responsibility to help prevent children from entering the world of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) 🚸⁠

If you suspect a young person is being coerced, report it! ⁠

Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously. ⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on: ☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠
or ⁠
Email the team at ⁠
📧 [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#campaignforchange #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket
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Thoughts like this should not go through any young person’s mind. But they become prolific and continuous for the victims of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) ⚠️⁠

It’s often perceived that these children, and especially teens, are in control and do a convincing job of portraying a ‘Gangster’ persona. When in reality, that isn’t the case. ⁠

See past the false image and if you think someone could be a victim of CCE, report it!⁠

We all have a responsibility to help prevent young people from entering this life 🚸⁠

For more information please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#campaignforchange #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket⁠


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COMING SOON
Some of our WiSE Ambassadors joined @_ewellbeing on their podcast to talk about relationships, the pandemic, red flags, boundaries and more! 💕
#podcast #relationshipspodcast “#relationshippodcast #youthvoice #podcastrecommendation #podcastlife
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Last year 128 children in Brighton were identified as victims of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) ⚠️⁠

Due to a lack of awareness around CCE and knowledge in how to make a report, reports are low. ⁠

Sadly, this means that the true figure of children and teens involved in CCE in Brighton & Hove is much higher ⬆️⁠

Our aim here at YMCA is to increase both the awareness of CCE and the knowledge of how to make a report within the Brighton & Hove community ℹ️✅⁠

Together, we can make a difference. Not just improving the lives of people within our community. But more importantly, improving the lives of children and teens that are being exploited by criminals for their own financial gain 💰⁠

We all have a responsibility to help prevent children from entering this life 🚸⁠

If you suspect a young person is being coerced, report it! Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously. ⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on: ☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠
or ⁠
Email the team at ⁠
📧 [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information please visit our website 📲⁠
https://www.ymcadlg.org/wise-up-to-exploitation/⁠

For more information please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#campaignforchange #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket
...

To some “it’s just a bit” of drugs. To a child being exploited, it’s the catalyst that plumets their life into a world of misery.⁠

A lot of recreational drug users believe that the person most affected by their drug purchases is them. They don’t realise that their decision to purchase party drugs, directly fuels Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE). ⁠

If you are buying drugs, then it can be easy to detach yourself from your actions. Unfortunately, for the children and teens trapped in this world, it is not. ⁠

If you suspect a young person is being coerced, report it! Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously. ⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on: 01273 290400 ☎️ or email the team at [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information, please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

Follow us on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#campaignforchange #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking #brightonandhove⁠
#whatsinyourpocket
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Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is a growing issue within Brighton & Hove ⚠️⁠

Despite the hard work of @sussexpoliceforce and other organizations to combat it, everyday more and more young people are still being groomed into a life of pain and misery. These young people range from as young as 10, up to 17.⁠

We all have a responsibility to help prevent children from entering this life 🚸⁠

If you suspect a young person is being coerced, report it! Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously. ⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on: 01273 290400 ☎️ or email the team at [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

#wiseuptoexploitation #ymcawise⁠
#campaignforchange #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket⁠
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Have you ever thought about how drugs arrive in and move around our city? ⁠⁠⁠⁠🤔⁠
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Did you know that children are used by organised crime groups to transport, store and distribute drugs and the profits of drugs, within Brighton and Hove, and across the country? ⁠⁠
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This activity, known as ‘Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)’ has increased markedly over the last 2 years and Brighton is the top target of county lines dealers according to a new report from London City Hall, with vulnerable children as young as 10 being targeted.⁠
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Visit our website (Link In Bio) to get more information and find out how you can help.⁠⁠⁠⁠ ➡️💻ℹ️✅⁠
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⁠#wiseuptoexploitation #ymcawise⁠⁠ #letsgettalking #campaignforchange #stopexploitation #childexploitation #brighton #brightonandhove
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Whether it’s ever, or sometimes, or just not right now, it’s ok to not want to have sex. Lots of things can impact how much you’re feeling it. You may also be asexual, and not be interested in sex. It’s all valid.

There are many different ways to connect, be romantic and intimate with others. And if your partner pressures you to do something you don’t want to do - what does that say about them?

#asexual #ace #Dating #DatingAdvice #DatingTips #InclusiveSexEd #SexEducation #SexEducationMatters ##Consent #ConsentMatters #FreelyGiven #ConsentCulture #ConsentIsSexy #SexandConsent #SexEducation #HealthyRelationships #Relationships #RelationshipGoals #RelationshipQuotes
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‘S3x’ does not just mean penetrative s3x. It can mean kissing, touching, solo masturbation, rubbing, oral, or any kind of s3xual activity which brings you pleasure. They are all equally valid forms of s3x.

A definition of s3x which is only defined by ‘penis in vagina’, gives the impression there is a right way to have s3x. It is not inclusive of different sexualities or genders. It places pressure to fit into a ‘normal’ and prescriptive way of having s3x, which may not suit everyone. In fact, many women especially may find more pleasure in other s3xual acts. Work out what feels good for you, and for your s3xual partner.

And if your s3xual partner isn’t interested in your experience, what does that say about them?

#Consent #ConsentMatters #Pleasure #ConsentCulture #ConsentIsSexy #SexandConsent #SexEducation #HealthyRelationships #Relationships #RelationshipGoals #RelationshipQuotes
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The experience of pleasure is one of the most vital ingredients in s3x. This doesn’t mean just orgasms - many people struggle with experiencing orgasms and s3x can still be a pleasurable experience.
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Working out what you find pleasurable can be done on your own or with partners, the most important thing is that you feel safe enough to explore it. If you’re being put under pressure to do something, you’re unlikely to feel safe to do it. Remember - if someone isn’t interested in your pleasure, what does it say about them?
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#Consent #ConsentMatters #Pleasure #ConsentCulture #ConsentIsSexy #SexandConsent #SexEducation #HealthyRelationships #Relationships #RelationshipGoals #RelationshipQuotes
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girl3

"I liked that I could talk about taboo subjects and not feel judged"

boyq

"It has helped a lot, I never opened up to professionals, but my WiSE worker helped me to open up and has taken a lot of problems off my shoulders"

girla

"I’ve learnt to be happier, safer and generally more confident with myself"

What can we do to help?

boya

We can meet you in places where you feel comfortable. For some people this is McDonalds, for some people it’s at school, for some people it’s a youth center or somewhere outside.   

We will work with you to build your own support plan. This means that you help to decide the topics we’ll cover, the type of work you want to do, and how often we meet.  

We are a charitable independent organization, so its your choice if you want to work with us.  If you don’t want to work with us, or decide to stop, that is completely okay. We might have suggestions for other places who might be able to provide you with support or information, if you want that. 

We believe that it’s important to ask young people for their expertise – to help us run our project as well as we can, click this link to our participation page.

If you want to learn more about consent, relationships, or safety you can go to:  

Or check out our What is Exploitation page.

WiSE isn’t a crisis service. If you are not safe please call 999.

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