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:
- There were initial indications of improved outcomes for young women involved in the project.
- Staff knowledge and competence improved.
- There was a consistent empowerment practice and trauma-informed approach.
- Staff successfully maintained positive relationships with young women.