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Safe Steps

Developing two specially adapted children’s homes for girls identified as at risk of sexual exploitation, with a focus on social pedagogy and relational security.

Project Description

The project aimed to improve outcomes for sexually exploited young women, including: reduced risk of sexual exploitation; improved emotional wellbeing, relationships and living situations; awareness of rights and risks; and ability to make positive choices for themselves.

Safe Steps consists of two children’s homes in London adapted for young women at high risk of sexual exploitation.

Safe Steps sought a stable, skilled workforce with a consistent trauma informed approach, and to be able to evidence an effective, replicable model of provision which would enable commissioners to continue to make appropriate referrals.


The DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2017 found that:

Lead Organisation

St Christopher's Fellowship






Funding Information

Funding theme: Rethinking support for adolescents

Total amount awarded


Round 1 Feb 2015

Other information