Safer London EMPOWER
Safer London is part of Waltham Forest's Gangs Prevention Programme. Safer London Foundation is part of the Gangs Specialist Services Framework Agreement and provide services in LOT 2 – Sexual exploitation. The Empower project will deliver high quality training, information, and guidance for young people, families and professionals through a combination of group work, 1:1 and peer group support.
EMPOWER is a support programme addressing young women’s experiences of sexual violence and exploitation, primarily through gang activity. As a girlfriend, relative or friend, young women are in danger of serious sexual abuse including rape and coercion to commit criminal offences such as carrying weapons or drugs.
For those living within this environment, it has led to the widespread normalisation of exploitation and violent behaviour resulting in these young women becoming hidden victims.
The young women engaging with the EMPOWER programme are aged 11-18. They receive support to address risk, improve their sense of identity, confidence and self esteem. This enables them to develop resilience and so experience positive progression in their lives.
Those young women who would benefit from direct and holistic 1:1 support are referred via statutory or third sector routes or they can self refer. We also offer group-based programmes in schools and PRUs for young women and young men that include skills-based training and can be tailored to meet specific local needs.
The EMPOWER programme also offers workshops for parents and specialist training and events for professionals and aims to provide a complete support framework that focuses on the needs of young women