The Nelson Trust were recently successful in securing funding from BBC Children in Need to expand their work with young women and girls. This funding will enable The Nelson Trust to provide intervention at an earlier stage, with the aim of building resilience around sexual exploitation, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour and crime.
In its first funding round of 2017, BBC Children in Need has announced a new grant of £110,997 to The Nelson Trust, for its work with young women aged between 11 and 17 who are at risk of sexual exploitation.
In the next three years, the grant will help fund a dedicated Child Sexual Exploitation worker who will provide a holistic, gender specific, early intervention service for more than 90 young women who have been identified as needing support. At the project, girls can benefit from one to one support where they can confidentially discuss their concerns and experiences, receive advice that addresses their practical and emotional needs to improve their wellbeing, and identify additional risks to their safety.
Young women will also have access to group sessions where they can interact with others their age who have had similar experiences, thereby reducing the social isolation that can make them vulnerable to further exploitation. In addition, these meetings help raise girls’ awareness around such issues as healthy versus unhealthy relationships, identity, sexual exploitation, grooming, online safety, drug and alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour, in order to build resilience.
Speaking of the new funding, Christina Line, at the project said:
“Thanks to this grant from BBC Children in Need we will be able to provide dedicated and pro-active outreach support to some of the most vulnerable young women across Gloucestershire, both during their time of crisis and in the long-term.”